2015 Student-Faculty Fellows Program

The summer 2015 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF) is the seventeenth funded by the Freeman Foundation to support collaborative undergraduate research in East and Southeast Asia. Over $278,000 will be allocated to twelve faculty mentors and thirty-seven students in four teams led by a single mentor and four teams led by two mentors. They will conduct research in Japan, the People’s Republic of China (six teams), and Vietnam. If one counts the 2015 recipients, the SFF program has awarded a total of 201 grants to 939 fellows from 105 different AN member colleges and universities.

ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to fostering undergraduate research and providing the opportunity for college students to have a mentored, in-depth experience in Asia. We also express our appreciation to the faculty mentors, supported by their campus administrators, who lead their students to Asia each summer for these transformative experiences.

Those who have worked with this program from its inception have evidenced the growing strength of Asian Studies programs among participant colleges. Proposals are becoming more sophisticated, the credentials of students and faculty are stronger, and the range and depth of research is impressive. We wish to thank all applicants this year and in the past for their interest and support for the SFF program.

2015Augustana CollegeJapanThe Changing Dynamics of A Japanese Company Amid the Globalizing Business Environment: A Case Study of Hitachi Construction Machinery Company
Student(s): Shawna Ables’17, Stephanie Drago’15, Sarah Funke’17, Trang Ho’17, Gage Meyers’17, Emily Stanevicius’16
Mentor(s): Ann Ericson (Business Administration) and Mari Nagase (World Languages, Literature, and Cultures)
2015Luther CollegeChinaHeto: A Northern Chinese Village in the Process of Urbanization
Student(s): Kaitlyn Fillmore’15, James Foster’16, Travis Houle’15, Rachel Johnson’17, Sophis Ristau’15, John Rosenwinkel ‘16
Mentor(s): Hongmei Yu (Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics) and Stratis Giannakouros (Environmental Studies)
2015Maryville CollegeNepalMicro-credit and Rural Development: The Importance of Credit Cooperatives to Small Scale Entrepreneurs in Rural Nepal
Student(s): Tyler Jones’15, Eric Lipka’16, Caitlyn Myers’15, Taylor Rigatti’16
Mentor(s): Shankar Ghimire (Social Science)
2015McDaniel CollegeChinaOwnership and Entrepreneurship in the Tiehua Industry: Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics 1992-2014
Student(s): Kent Hu’15, Greg Laslo’15, Zoie McNeil’17, Andrew Roberts’16, Aaron Sampson’17, Carly Weetman’16
Mentor(s): Qin Fang (History) and Kevin McIntyre (Economics and Business Administration)
2015Southwestern UniversityChinaEnvironmental Problems, Awareness and Solutions in Tibetan Populated Areas of Qinghai Province (China)
Student(s): Adrienne Dodd’15, Hunter Jurgens’17
Mentor(s): Patricia Schiaffini (Modern Languages and Literatures)
2015St. Olaf CollegeChinaA Tale of Two Eco-Cities: Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Urban Development
In Tianjin and Qingdao, China

Student(s): Jacob Caswell’17, Nathalie Kenny’16, Cameron Rylander’16
Mentor(s): Ka Wong (Asian Studies)
2015SUNY, New PaltzChinaUrban Farms in Chongqing, China: Examining the opportunities and Challenges of Food Production in the City
Student(s): Marian Chen’15, Melissa Iachetta’15, Aidan Mabey’17, Kevin McGill, Joanne Zhao’16
Mentor(s): Melissa Yang Rock and Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro (Geography)
2015Trinity UniversityVietnamEffects of Declining International Aid on NGO HIV/AIDS Program in Vietnam
Student(s): Dima Alhourani’16, Dana McLaughlin’17, Faith Ozer’15, Nikita Viswasam’15
Mentor(s): Alfred Montoya (Sociology and Anthropology)