Colleagues in Asian studies, social sciences (economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, and geography), history, foreign languages (Chinese), and Land/resource management will be interested in this announcement.
Central Washington University, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Historical Environment and Socioeconomic Development of Northwest China at Shaanxi Normal University, and the Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center of Northwest University would like to announce the call for applications for the 2010 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled “Great Western Development, Rural Peasants, and Water Policy across China’s Loess Plateau.” This unique program in social science research will be conducted in Ellensburg, WA, and in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, China in the summer of 2010. Twelve highly-qualified undergraduates and a team of faculty mentors will undertake collaborative research on how economic development and societal change is impacting China’s already precarious environmental position across the Yellow River Loess Plateau. The six-week program will be conducted between June 21 and August 1, 2010.
The program’s primary objective is to mentor students through the complete process of designing a research agenda and performing primary research in the social sciences at an international field site. It includes a unique combination of close mentoring, student/faculty teamwork, multidisciplinary research, and international field experience. Student participation will be encouraged from all fields of the social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, geography, environmental studies, economics, political science, Asian studies, history, and land/resource management. Juniors and non-graduating seniors are particularly encouraged to apply. Graduate students are not eligible. Applicants are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Faculty mentors include Richard Mack (economics), Hong Xiao (sociology), Roberta Soltz (biology), and James Cook (Asian studies) of Central Washington University.
Costs of participation (travel, room, board), including the payment of a significant research stipend, will be paid by the program. Student participants are only responsible for their travel to/from Central Washington University.
Deadline for applications is February 15, 2010.
Additional information and application forms can be found at http:// www.cwu.edu/~nsfreu.
Central Washington University is an EEO/AA/Title IX Institution/TDD 509-963-2143.
James Cook, Ph.D.
Asia/Pacific Studies Program
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7407
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