2013 Student-Faculty Fellows Program

The summer 2013 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program is the fifteenth funded by the Freeman Foundation to support collaborative undergraduate research in East and Southeast Asia. Over $386,000 will be allocated to fifteen faculty mentors and fifty-two undergraduate students in teams numbering from three and eight individuals. They will conduct research in Cambodia, China (five teams), Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand (three teams). Among this group are four colleges never before funded through this program (Concordia College, MN., Hanover College, IN., LeMoyne College, NY., and University of Louisville, KY) bringing the number of colleges funded in this program to 102. Counting those supported during this funding cycle, the total number of grants given during the past fifteen years is 185, and the total number of “Student-Faculty Fellows” now comes to 838.

ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its continued commitment to this program, and also to the faculty mentors, supported by their campus administrators, who lead their students to conduct undergraduate research each summer. Those who have worked with this program from its inception have evidenced the growing strength of Asian Studies programs among the colleges who are members of ASIANetwork. This is evident in the growing sophistication of research proposals, and the increasing breadth of research being conducted in a larger number of countries throughout East and Southeast Asia, and also by the strength of mentoring and the stronger credentials of student applicants. We have reason to be optimistic about the future of Asian Studies in the United States.

Institution Project Title Faculty Mentor Student Fellows
Baldwin-Wallace University Individual Projects: Internet Censorship, Chinese Christians’ Views on Environment and Economy, and China’s Urban Demolition and Relocation Management Policies Xudong Chen, Economics Erin Amschlinger ’14, Sundous Eddeb ’13, Paul Krause ’15, Daniela Muhaj ’14
Carleton College Temple Music in the Chinese Diaspora: Exploration and Preservation Mentor, Gao Hong Dice, Music Kim Bauer ’13, Yawen Chen, ’15, Joseph Concannon, ’13
Concordia College Printmaking and Related Media in South Korea Mentors: Heidi Goldberg & Susan Lee, Art Turi Anderson ’14, Lauren Johnson ’14, Cheryl Lussky ’14, Bridget Medbery ’13, Jenna Morris ’15, Solveig Swenson ‘14
DePauw University Individual Student Research Projects focused upon the Alashan Region of Inner Mongolia Mentor: Sherry Jenq-yunn Mou, Modern Languages & Asian Studies Jeffrey Craig ’15, Jason Grullon ’15, Janelle Lyons ’14, Phua Xiong ‘14
Green Mountain College Thailand’s Environmental Development Mentor: Sam Edwards, Environmental Law & Policy Kristen Friedel ’14, Titania Green ’15, Nicholas Ravotti ’14, Luz Guel ‘15
Hamline University The Dynamics of Change in a Toraja Village, Indonesia Mentor: Elizabeth Coville, Anthropology Richmond Fiksdal ’14, Melanie Nomura, ’13
Hanover College Physical and Philosophical Daoism: A Study of Taijiquan Mentor: Aimin Shen, Philosophy Slaton Blickman ’15, Tylor Cunningham ’14, Elizabeth Hartman ’13, Timothy Reidy IV ‘13
John Carroll University ‘Wild West’: Crossing Borders on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier Mentor: Paul Nietupski, Theology and Religious Studies Andrew Dockery ’16, Alexandra Ehrett ’16, Brenton Mineo ’13, Sarah Pawlaczyk ‘15
LeMoyne College Cultural Sustainability across the Generation Gap in Northern Thailand Mentor: Deborah Tooker, Anthropology, Criminology & Sociology Leon Cominsky ’13, Emily Powers ’13, Frank Sapere ’14, Kelsey Woodrick ‘13
Marietta College Sustainable Shrimp Farming in Surat Thani, Thailand Mentor: David Brown, Biology and Environmental Science Alina Keilbasa ’15, Taylor Landrie ’13, Eric Miranda-Marin ’15, Malisa Spring ‘14
University of Louisville Malaysia: The State of Suspension: Refugee Life in Absentia of Global Norms and Models for Resolution Mentor: Jason Abbott, Political Science Meagan Floyd ’13, Michael Zeller ‘13
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire The Monk’s Community Forest: Biodiversity and Ethnobotany in a Cambodian REDD Project Mentor: Deborah Freund, Biology Breana Meyer ’14, Kelsey Pischke ’13, Joel Smith ’13, Joseph Weirich ‘13
Valparaiso University The Shanghai Jewish Refugees: History and Commemoration Mentors: Kevin Ostoyich & Yun Xia, History Kaley Buck ’14, Angela Elliott ’13, Aura Harper-Smith ’15, Peter Keim ’13, Jonathan Mack ’14, Trace Ostergren ‘15