2017 Student-Faculty Fellows Program

The 2017 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF) is the nineteenth funded by the Freeman Foundation to support undergraduate projects in East and Southeast Asia. Over $200,000 will be allocated to twenty-seven students and nine faculty mentors in seven teams, five led by a single mentor and two led by two mentors. They will conduct projects in Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (four teams), Japan and Nepal this summer. If one counts the 2017 recipients, the SFF program has awarded 217 grants to 1,034 faculty and students at 109 ASIANetwork member institutions.

ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to fostering undergraduate research and engagement projects in Asia, and providing the opportunity for U.S. 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 institutions. Proposals are becoming more sophisticated, the credentials of students and faculty are stronger, and the range and depth of projects are impressive. We are pleased that students and faculty at AN member institutions have responded positively to the current SFF program theme of “Engaging Asia.”

We wish to congratulate the 2017 SFF recipients on receiving the awards and thank all applicants this year and in the past for their interest and support for the SFF program.

2017Guilford CollegeChinaThe Effects of Centralized Boarding Schools on Tibetan Families in Shangri-la
Student(s): Anna Kelly, Billie Dunn-McMartin, and Christopher Collins
Mentor(s): Eric Mortensen (Religious Studies)
2017Hope CollegeChinaSocial Inclusion and (Dis-)Ability in China: Community-based Service Provision
Student(s): Kylie DeKryger, Abby Duran, Maria Garcia, and Gabbi Werner
Mentor(s): Dennis Feaster, Assistant Professor of Social Work
2017Lewis & Clark CollegeCambodiaLoans that Change Lives: Interrogating Microcredit in Cambodia
Student(s): Andrea Blobel Pérez, Peter Bradley, and Lacey Jacoby
Mentor(s): Maryann Bylander (Sociology)
2017Mayville State UniversityJapanThe future of the back roads and little farm towns in an urbanizing Asia: A case study exploring cultural change in the rural communities of Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Student(s): Cherokee Durant, Cheyenne Durant, Ingrid Hefta, Megan Maassel, Nicholas Peterson, and Donte Stevens
Mentor(s): Aaron Kingsbury (Geography and Political Science) and Lonamalia Smith (Sociology)
2017Saint Mary's College, Notre DameNepalJust Water? Exploring biological and social determinants of public health in Kathmandu, Nepal
Student(s): Emily Castro, Victoria Chandler, Adrian Milos, and Julie Weilbaker
Mentor(s): Laura Elder (Anthropology) and Reena Lamichhane-Khadka (Biology)
2017Warren Wilson CollegeChinaResearching and Learning about Northern Chinese Farming Practices
Student(s): Matthew Olson, Alexis LaValliere, Larissa Robinov, Julia Rose Bruce
Mentor(s): Dongping Han (Political Science)
2017Washington & Jefferson CollegeChinaSenior Care in China: Successes and challenges of senior care facilities
Student(s): Katherine Campbell, Capri Backus, and Kyle Carroll
Mentor(s): Ye Han (Chinese)