The year 2019 marks the twenty-first year of the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF). Funded by the Freeman Foundation, the SFF program supports undergraduate projects in East and Southeast Asia. A total of $235,647 will be allocated to thirty-one students and ten faculty mentors in seven teams, four led by a single mentor and six led by two mentors. They will conduct projects in the People’s Republic of China (four teams), Japan (two teams), and Malaysia this summer. If one counts the 2019 recipients, the SFF program has awarded a total of 234 grants to 1,137 student and faculty fellows at 112 ASIANetwork member institutions.
ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to fostering undergraduate engagement and research 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.
We wish to congratulate the 2019 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.
Coastal Carolina University: “Experiencing Virtual Sacred Spaces: designing an immersive virtual exploration platform for the Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan“; Faculty mentors: Ronald S. Green, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Susan Bergeron, Associate Professor of Geography; Student fellows: Jacob Brine, Shonte Clement, Luke Rutherford, Silas Varick Clayton, Kasey Charette and Wyatt Beard
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, “Cultural Identity and Sustainable Future: A Case Study of Two Heritage Towns in China“; Faculty mentor: Sophia Geng, Associate Professor of China Studies; Student fellows: Ian Bush, Runmin Geng, Cameron Odden, Meghan Reeves
Hofstra University, “Wayang Kulit in Northern Kedah: Social History and Deliberating Intangible Cultural Heritage“; Faculty mentor: Timothy P. Daniels, Professor of Anthropology; Student fellows: Tiyanna Forrest, Katherine Dickerson, Adeline Davis, Fatima Sonday
North Central College, “Understanding China through the Classic Novel Hóng lóu mèng“; Faculty mentors: Jinai Sun, Assistant Professor of Chinese and Stuart Patterson, Visiting Associate Professor and Chair of the Shimer Great Books School; Student fellows: Joy Herzog, Sophie Juhlin, Andrea Du, Cameron Teel, Madeline Derango, and Juliet Mathey
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, “Forest Fire Management in Rural Yunnan, China“; Faculty mentors: Jialing Wang and Stentor Danielson, Associate Professors of Geography, Geology, and the Environment; Student fellows: Phil Abegg, Anna Burtch, Haley Hartenstine, Corinne Rockefeller, Corrina Yobp
The University of Findlay, “Rural Communities in Japan: Challenges, Revitalization Strategies, and Future“; Faculty mentor: Hiroaki Kawamura, Associate Professor of Japanese; Student fellows: Valerie Jacksack, Garrett Brown, Amy Evaniuk
Union College, “Between State and Populace, Chasing the China Dream“; Faculty mentor: Megan M. Ferry, Professor of Chinese and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures Department; Student fellows: Trevor Atkins, Jeremy Rausch, Meghan Reilly