Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The 2010 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Research Papers

In Fall 2009, Elliott School undergraduates submitted research proposals in hopes of becoming Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars during the Spring 2010 semester. Their research proposals expanded upon topics that the students began exploring in a GW classroom or while studying abroad. Some had taken a course with their faculty advisors before, while others planned to work with a particular professor for the first time. All the student scholars submitted proposals that identified a niche within international affairs on which their research could shed new light, successfully taking an idea with great potential and converting it into a compelling piece of scholarship.

When a student's application is accepted into this program, several cornerstone relationships are developed between the student and other members of the university. These relationships are with faculty advisors, graduate student mentors, outside speakers, and other undergraduate scholars in the program. The bonds with these different people offer invaluable insights into the subject matter as well as topical and practical support. These key relationships are complimented by weekly meetings and research stipends that help boost the quality of research.
At the end of the program, student scholars deliver their final presentations and share their findings that will certainly serve as assets as they advance in in their academic and professional careers, particularly as they apply to graduate school or grants and fellowships.

It is also worth noting that participating in the Undergraduate Scholars Research Papers Program takes the place of a 3 credit class.

Asia Related Student Research Papers:
  • Beyond Border: The Growth and Implications of Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions by Chinese & Indian Firms by Evan J. Doran
  • American Soft Power and the International Student: The Generation of Korean Students from 1950s and 1960s by Harald Olsen
  • Military Effectiveness vs. Political Legitimacy: ISAF in Afghanistan by Patricia A. Puttmann
  • Tobacco Control in India and the U.S. by Elizabeth Orlan
  • Picture Perfect: Mining and Media in the International Perception of Peru in China by Chenkai (Jazzy) Zhu
  • Professor Llewelyn Hughes, faculty in the the Asian Studies Program, served as a faculty adviser to Jung Joo Oh on her paper The Geopolitics of Securing Oil Rents: Energy Security From the Supply Side Perspective.

If you are an GWU undergraduate in the Elliott School and have an interest in either reading the 2010 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Research Papers or applying for the next program, come by the GWU Sigur Center for Asian Studies at 1957 E St. NW suite 503. We have a copy of the current research papers book on our coffee table available for anyone to read. Also feel free to come and discuss entering the program with any of our staff. We will be happy to help.

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