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Summer Fellowship
Each summer, the Center for Advanced Studies supports the research activities of two or more faculty members. This program is available to all faculty at the Academy – civilian, permanent military, and rotating military. It is highly competitive and provides the faculty an opportunity for focused effort on their research.

The selection is based on proposals submitted by the faculty to the Center for Advanced Studies each fall semester. 

2014 Summer Fellowship Award Recipients (Select the blue text below to expand the project description) 

Ginger Denton, Ph.D., Humanities Department (More...)
“Who Participates? An Analysis of Political Behavior in Ten Asian Countries”  

This research addresses a fundamental empirical question of who participates in Asian politics, why they do so, and what types of participation exist. Knowing who participates in politics in Asia and why they participate is invariably useful knowledge for a number of actors. Central to the overall theory is that there are certain elements in society and within the individual that can explain political phenomena no matter what region of the world one resides. I hypothesize that several individual level theories including that of the Resource Model can also be used in Asia. This goes against the conventional wisdom that Asia has a history of being a traditional society and therefore its culture would preclude it from being explained by more Western theories.

National probability sample survey data will be used from ten Asian countries for this project. The overall dataset includes questions asked of 16,000+ individuals to gauge the frequency in which one participates in a particular political action. A large set of socioeconomic factors were recorded from the respondents as well. These questions are used to test my hypotheses about the relationship between income, education, age, gender, etc. and the propensity to vote, campaign, protest, join a political activist group, etc. While some of the hypotheses have been tested many times over the past few decades in the United States, there has been no systematic test of them in Asia. The quantitative methods employed include basic statistical analysis such as regression and factor analysis, as well as time series and general linear models.
 

 

Karen Wink, Ph.D., Humanities Department (More...)
“CGA Worktext for Writing Skills” 

During the past five years, students entering the CGA have shown rising challenges with critical writing and reading skills. Perhaps we are seeing the result of the “internet generation" in which students reduce–rather than elucidate–their written expression. In addition, their reading has become more perfunctory and entails searching for exact information rather than being purposeful and comprehensive. VSAT and VACT scores as well as “in-house” assessments: swab-placement essays and Diagnostic Test of Language Skills (DTLS) exhibit a concerning decline in cadets’ literacy. This trend shows particularly at the sentence-level of students’ writing. To counter this trend, I propose to write a workbook (newer word: “worktext”) similar in purpose to the USAFA’s text in which students review and practice writing skills such as decreasing passive voice, using commas adeptly, and incorporating college-level diction. 

Within the speech and essay assignments, CGA’s English courses address conventions (grammar, punctuation, and syntax), but the increasing need for review of sentence-level skills (not unlike the need for some students to review fundamental mathematic skills) has intensified and calls for supplementary curriculum. Truly, we need an “in-house” worktext that students keep with them all four years as a reference from paper #1 in 4/c English to their senior projects. The content will display CG-related topics for high interest and applicability to writing strengthened, coherent sentences for writing assignments in diverse majors. Furthermore, this project supports the CGA’s Shared Learning Outcome of Communication Skills and the ensign’s “OER, Section ‘Communication Skills’” section, specifically: 

Written material clear, concise, and logically organized. Proofread conscientiously. Correspondence grammatically correct, tailored to audience, and delivered by an appropriate medium.  

 

Eric Page, Ph.D., Science Department
"Supercontinuum Generation for Optical Bioterror Detection"
 

Past Summer Fellowship Award Recipients 

For more information on the CAS fellowships, contact Dr. Ali Reza.