Asian University for Women (AUW): the first regional, liberal arts institution in South Asia

Policy on Co-curricular Activities (Student Summer Research Projects)

  • AUW actively encourages its students to undertake a variety of co-curricular activities, both during the semester, and in the summer. More specifically, Summer Projects are any kind of exploration aiming to fulfill most or all of the objectives set out below, and may be in the form of oral history, research, translation, documentary production, creative writing, or the creation of a blog about a focused topic. All students are strongly encouraged to undertake a Summer Project after their first year of undergraduate studies.


    The objectives of Summer Projects are to:


    • Apply academic learning to summer projects in a community or laboratory setting;
    • Increase students’ capacity for bridging intellectual and practical tasks, giving them opportunities to reflect on their summer project work experience and connect it with their classroom learning and intellectual growth;
    • Contribute to helping understand and possibly bring new ideas or service to local issues/phenomena, possibly as part of a collaborative research experience;
    • Provide students with professional training, coaching and experience;
    • Practice English throughout the summer in oral and written communication with classmates and supervising professor;
    • Help students (and the university) build substantive relationships with external entities.


    Each Summer Project has one or more UG faculty advisors, and involves at least one student. Projects may be proposed in any of the AUW countries. Topics in the past have included International River Politics and Sustainable Development in China; Promoting Basketball among Young Girls in Nepal; Street Vendors and Urban Spaces; Social Networks and NGOs; Heritage and Conservation in Chittagong; Reflections of International Peace Keeping Forces; Voluntary Teaching in a Primary School in Rural Yunnan, China; Infant Feeding Interventions to Combat Malnutrition; and Population Status of the Bostami Turtle.


    Proposing Summer Projects

    Summer Projects can be designed and proposed by UG students who have identified and worked with a faculty advisor, or by UG faculty themselves. Faculty who are not returning next year may co-advise a summer project with a returning faculty who will manage the Summer Project Showcase activities in the Fall Semester.


    All proposals should include the following components, following the format of the Summer Project Proposal Form:


    a) Project Title

    b) Name(s) of advisor(s) and names and number of students expected to participate (if    known)

    c) Project Overview: A description of the project, including background, aims, activities, location(s), field partners, supervision, etc. as apply

    d) Objectives & Learning Outcomes: Identify the learning, research, and/or service objectives to bemet/achieved by project.

    e) Expected Project Outputs by Students: Report, service, documentary, etc.

    f) Contribution(s) to AUW: Explain how the project will be shared with the AUW or wider community (e.g.a report, documentary, personal essay, etc.)

    g) Schedule/Timeline


    Submitting Proposals and Funding

    A designated Faculty Committee will be formed each year to organize and evaluate the Summer Project proposals. Students whose proposals have been approved, will be required to participate in a seminar on ethical research.


    A schedule and application guidelines will be provided by the Committee in March/April of each academic year.


    Funding for Student Summer Research Projects is determined on an annual basis and may not cover all expenses related to the project. Students are encouraged to seek additional resources or design the research project based on cost-sharing, within the allocated annual budget. The funds provided may be used only for student research activities. Faculty wishing to participate in the project may utilize their individual research fund allocation.

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