Category Archives: Students

Dr. Kristi Govella at PAAC Global Vision Summit

Kristi Govella and PAAC participants

On Saturday, March 3, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council brought
together 189 students from 27 high schools on 5 islands for their
Global Vision Summit on Climate Change hosted at UH West Oahu. Dr. Kristi Govella, Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Program at UH Manoa, participated as the Community Expert for the US negotiating team.

Students played the roles of delegates representing specific
nations (US, EU, China, India), negotiating blocs (other developed
nations, other developing nations), and interest groups (fossil fuel
lobbyists, climate change activists, and US cities/states). The goal
was to reach a global agreement that keeps global temperature rise
below 2 degrees Celcius. Other experts advising the nine student teams were drawn from the United Nations Development Programme, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the East-West Center, the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Tsuchiyama & Associates, and the Australian Consulate-General in Honolulu.

Fall 2018 Graduate Admissions Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Asian Studies Program welcomes applications for Fall Semester 2018! Please note that our admissions deadline is February 1. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered for scholarship funding, so please make sure all of your application materials have been uploaded at the Office of Graduate Education online application portal here. This includes UH Manoa documents and the Supplementary Documents required by the Asian Studies Program; please look at our Graduate Admissions Page for detailed requirements.

We look forward to your applications and hope to welcome you to our program next fall!

Center for Pacific Islands Studies: Annual Student Conference

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies held its annual student conference on March 23 and 24, 2017 at the Campus Center Ballroom. The conference, Expressing Oceania: Pacific Islands Scholarship on the Page, on the Stage, and Beyond, drew approximately 300 people and featured noted Maori scholar Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Master Navigator Larry Reigetal of Yap.

The Center was honored by a visit from Dr. Robert Underwood, President of Unibetsedat Guahan (University of Guam) and remarks by UHM President Dr. David Lassner.

30 students contributed papers, posters, visual arts, and performing arts during the two-day conference, representing UHM, Unibetsedat Guahan, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University.

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies sent a heartfelt mahalo to their sponsors: School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center, and the Student Activities and Program Fee Board.

28th Annual Graduate Student Conference: March 22-24, 2017

Bridging the Gaps: Conceptualizing Asia Through An
Interdisciplinary Lens

Attend the School of Pacific and Asian Studies 28th annual graduate student conference, March 22-24, at the Center for Korean Studies. The conference will include performances, posters, presentations, and panels that “critically address and/or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the studies of Asia”.

Presentations will highlight: 1) Original research in any area of Asia and Asian Studies; 2) Interdisciplinary methods and frameworks; 3) Comparative studies or transnational issues; 4) New and emerging trends in Asian Studies; 5) Critical re-examinations of existing methodologies and frameworks; and 6) Current Asian performance practices.

The full program can be found here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Two new fellowships for Southeast Asia-focus Graduate Students

Two new fellowships are available to graduate students studying Southeast Asia:
1.
Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Graduate Field Study Fellowships for Research or Advanced Language Study in Southeast Asia
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 | Start: Summer or Fall 2017
2.
Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Undergraduate Southeast Asia Language Fellowships
Application Deadline: Late Spring 2017 | Start: Fall 2017
For more information on these fellowships, go here:

CFP: Hawaii/Wisconsin Luce Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowships for Research in Southeast Asia

CALL FOR PROPOSALS from faculty: 

[Available here as PDF]: Luce Faculty-Student Research Announcment 2016

HAWAII/WISCONSIN LUCE FACULTY-STUDENT COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIA — SUMMER OR FALL 2017

Funding provided by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation 

Applications are sought for funding to support research to be conducted in Southeast Asia by one UH Mānoa faculty member and one or more graduate students in summer or fall 2017.

The Henry Luce Foundation has provided funding to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for research in Southeast Asia.  In each of the next three years, one faculty member will be chosen at one of the two institutions (UH Mānoa for the first year) to conduct research in a Southeast Asian country, with the provision that she or he is accompanied by and oversees and mentors one, two (or three*) graduate students working in the same region and on the same or related research topics and who have advanced abilities in the relevant Southeast Asian language (completed at least 2 years of language study or equivalent).  N.B.  At least one graduate student must be from the other institution; thus, for this first year, at least one graduate student participant must be from UW-Madison.

Developing proposals will be a two-stage process each year, which will involve both faculty and students.

First—BY OCTOBER 15, UH Mānoa faculty members interested in applying should contact the UH Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), providing a brief description of the nature of the research they wish to undertake and the estimated time frame.  Based on this information, the CSEAS at both institutions will be prepared to facilitate communication with faculty members at the other institution and to assist  in identifying qualified graduate student participants.

Second—BY DECEMBER 1, formal applications will be made by cohorts.  An application will consist of the following

From each faculty member applicant:

  • A narrative description (3-4 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research he or she intends to carry out, the location(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the faculty member’s portion of the project.
  • The faculty member’s CV.

From each graduate student applicant:

  • A narrative description (2-3 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research intended, locations(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the student’s portion of the project.
  • The student’s CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of graduate study

Criteria for selection include quality, originality, and potential importance of the research proposals, prior accomplishments/student records, and the degree to which the proposed research activities of the student applicants fit with the general theme identified by the faculty member.  The choice of awardees will be made by a small committee of Southeast Asia specialists who themselves are not participating in the competition.

N.B.  The research projects proposed by the graduate students need not be identical to that of the faculty member, but some level of coordination will be preferred, and student applicants are encouraged to consult with the faculty member as they develop their proposals.

Funding available:  $8,825 for faculty researcher, $7,000 for each graduate student.

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2016.

* Over the three-year period of the grant, there is funding for a total of 6 graduate students (1-3 each year, but not more than 6 in the three-year period) and 3 faculty members (one each year).

Asian Studies Program now in WICHE-WRGP

WICHE – WRGP 

The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

 As of fall 2016, the Asian Studies Program at UH Mānoa is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to pay Hawai’i resident tuition when attending the UH-Mānoa Asian Studies Program. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UH-Mānoa must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher or possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply.

To be considered for the Hawai’i resident tuition rate through the WRGP program, you must identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant at the time you apply.* You must fulfill all the usual requirements for admission as set by the Asian Studies Program and the the Office of Graduate Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and meet all admission deadlines. You must also provide documentation as proof of your legal residency in a WICHE state when requested by UH-Mānoa. (This documentation may include tax returns, voter certificates, active bank accounts, proofs of employment, proof of property ownership, lease agreements, among others).

For more information, please see:

UH-Mānoa Office of Graduate Education information on WICHE WRGP: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/wiche-program

WICHE WRGP website:

http://www.wiche.edu/info/publications/wrgpHandout.pdf

*Please note: due to the requirements of residency determination, nominations and approvals for WRGP status can only be done at the time of application. It is not possible to “switch” into the WRGP once you have started your graduate program at UHM.

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