2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Two-week intensive course on accelerator physics

Summer  Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Kathleen Tatem

Student Affiliate


During my intensive two-week graduate course on accelerator physics, I completed eight homework assignments, wrote two exams, and experimented with simulation software used to design and operate particle accelerators. An accelerator physicist from Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory taught the course, with a guest lecturer from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The course provided an advanced overview of how different particle accelerators operate, how to describe beam focusing magnets using the mathematics of geometrical optics, causes of beam instabilities, and beam dynamics. University of Hawaii professor John Madey, who passed away last July, was mentioned on the first day of class for his invention of the free electron laser, an influential contribution to accelerator physics. The director of the US Particle Accelerator School introduced me via email to leading experts in the field who might be able to act as my physics mentor for my dissertation, since University of Hawaii will not be hiring a replacement for John Madey.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Summer Study in Japanese Music

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Chris Molina

Graduate Degree Fellow


I flew to Tokyo on June 1, 2016 to begin two-and-a-half months of summer study in Japanese music. Twice weekly I met Mr. Kazushi Matama for one-on-one lessons in shakuhachi bamboo flute. In addition to these meetings, I arranged regular meetings with three instrumentalists through Senzoku Gakuen School of Music. The first was shamisen master Mr. Tetsuya Nozawa, the second was koto master Ms. Michie Kobayashi, and the third was shakuhachi specialist in contemporary music, Mr. Kenji Yamaguchi.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Practicum with the American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati/Ohio River Valley, Ohio


Amota Ataneka in front of the Red Cross Center in Ohio

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Amota Ataneka


My summer travel consisted of a trip to the American Red Cross Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter (Ohio) for my practicum, that is a mandatory part of my Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) Program at UH Manoa. I joined the disaster volunteers management team which gave me the chance to recruit, monitor and deploy qualified volunteers to natural disasters across the U.S. Two natural disasters in particular were the West Virginia and the Louisiana floods, which happened between July and August of this year (2016).

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Practicum at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Gautam Anand

ADB JSP Fellow

I traveled to India this summer to do my practicum at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi, India. This practicum is a mandatory requirement towards the completion of my Master’s Degree in Public Administration, at the University of Hawaii. At IIPA, I worked on a research study to evaluate the performance of the ‘Domestic Funding of Foreign Training’ Scheme of the Government of India. I worked on the research methodology for the study as well as contributed to the development of survey tools. It was a great learning experience for me given I could understand the critical importance of training and development of civil servants and the effort that governments are putting into this. Also, the project gave me the much needed exposure to look at government systems in India.

Last but not least, I was able to take out time to meet family and friends which was very refreshing, and I am all geared up for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. I am deeply grateful to East West Center Alumni Association (EWCA) for providing me this grant which helped me to travel to India this Summer.




The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter provided Travel Grants ($500 each) to 10 current East West Center students for the summer of 2016.

2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Classroom Research at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Min Namkoong

EWC Endowment Scholar

I conducted action research in my classroom during my stay at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand, as part of the Department of Second Language Studies Thai Practicum. I also taught an English as a foreign language class to low proficiency Thai university students.

This research study aims to examine the development of novice and less experienced teachers through the summer practicum program, as well as students’ achievement. The results will indicate different types of influence that teaching practicums possibly have on novice teachers. The participants were eight female incoming students and the researcher as a teacher. The class consisted of four days a week, Monday through Thursday, for two to three hours depending on the schedule of the week.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Developing and Evaluating an Open Learning Platform for Khmer Speaking Users

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Sokunthearith Makara

Graduate Degree Fellow

One of the pressing issues facing the Cambodian education system today is the unequal access to quality education between people in the countryside and those in the cities. The solution I am proposing for this issue involves the use of Internet technology to transfer the quality learning modules from the cities to the countryside. In order for this to happen, a learning platform which allows people to create modules and to learn the modules for free is required. Therefore, the purpose of my summer field research was to develop and evaluate an open learning platform for Khmer speaking users.

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2015 East-West Center Association/EWCA Hawaii Chapter Travel Grant Recipients

L to R:  Matthew Kelty (USA), Yi-Chieh Lai (Taiwan), Ned Shultz (EWCA President), Alex Holowicki (USA)

L to R: Matthew Kelty (USA), Yi-Chieh Lai (Taiwan), Ned Shultz (EWCA President), Alex Holowicki (USA)

The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter each year offer several summer travel grants ($500 each) to current EWC students. The grant is used towards presenting a conference paper, taking part in internships, conducting field research, or studying in summer institutes.

This year, ten travel grants were awarded to:
Ngu Njei Abanda (Cameroon)
Asutoshi, Das (India)
Alex Holowicki (USA)
Matthew Kelty (USA)
Obadia Mfuh Kenji (Cameroon)
Syed Shurid Khan (Bangladesh)
Yi-Chieh Lai (Taiwan)
Charmaine Ledesma (Guam)
Elita Ouk (Cambodia)
Sayaka Sakuma (Okinawa)