Summer Research Grants Program
The Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative Summer Research
Grant Program supports student research in the study of Asia and the Asian
Diaspora − the relations between the peoples and societies of Asia, and people
of Asian heritage outside their ancestral homelands. This program is funded by
the Freeman Initiative in Asian/Asian-American Studies.
The Initiative welcomes proposals from sophomores and juniors for summer
research on Asian American and Asian Diaspora topics, carried out in Asia, in
the Americas, or elsewhere. Priority will be given to senior thesis or essay
projects. Successful proposals will receive up to $5,000, depending on the
availability of funds and project needs; additional funds may be available to
help meet students’ financial aid summer earnings expectations. Students going
abroad to conduct research must attend the pre-departure orientation session
organized by the Office of International Studies and complete the necessary
paperwork. Upon return to campus, grant recipients will be required to submit a report
(see below) to the Initiative’s steering committee and to give a public
presentation on their project.
Applications − which are not to exceed five double-spaced, typewritten pages −
must include: (1) a brief description of the proposed project, its objectives,
its methodology, and its significance, including a discussion of the relevant
scholarly literature; (2) a description of previous course work and scholarly
activity related to the proposed project; (3) a timetable for completion, which
may continue through the following academic year; (4) a detailed budget;
(5) a letter from the faculty member who will supervise the project, assessing
its merit and the ability of the applicant to carry it out successfully; (6) a
copy of the applicant’s academic record, and (7) a complete set of the 5 forms that
are located at the bottom of this page.
All applicants must also complete the submission process for the
Subjects Research: Institutional Review Board in order to conduct any
research. Please visit their web page to see their requirements and timelines.
Criteria for judging applications include:
the relevance of the project to the initiative’s focus on East Asia and the
Asian Diaspora; the clarity of the proposal; the feasibility of the proposed
project, including the realism of the budget; the applicant's academic record
and language skills (where appropriate); and the evaluation submitted by the
faculty member who has agreed to supervise the research project.
Members of the sophomore and junior classes
are eligible to apply.
Research paper requirements: 15-20 pages or 5
pages, if tied into a senior thesis.
Complete applications must be submitted to
Stanford M. Forrester, Coordinator of the Freeman Asian/Asian American
Initiative in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies/Room 204 no later than March
Applications received after the deadline or submitted incompletely will not be
considered. Please plan accordingly.
Deadline: Applications will be due
March 2, 2007.
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summers' Summer Research Papers