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Southwestern Student Selected for Summer Research Project in China Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

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Junior Clayton Tucker will spend part of the summer conducting research on water policy in the Loess Plateau

Clayton Tucker, a junior majoring in international studies with a focus on East Asia, has been selected to participate in a summer research program for undergraduates sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center.  

Tucker was selected to participate in a social science research program titled “Negotiations and Impacts: Water Policy Across China’s Loess Plateau.” The program will be conducted in Pittsburgh, Pa., and in China’s Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces from June 12-and July 22. Twelve undergraduates and a team of faculty mentors will undertake collaborative research on how economic development and societal change is impacting China’s already precarious environmental position across the Yellow River Loess Plateau.

The  primary objective of the program is to mentor students through the process of designing a research agenda and performing primary research in the social sciences at an international field site. It includes a unique combination of close mentoring, student/faculty teamwork, multidisciplinary research, and international field experience. Faculty mentors include Pierre Landry, Roberta Soltz and James Cook of the University of Pittsburgh.

After graduating from Southwestern, Tucker hopes to attend graduate school in either Taiwan or China to study Mandarin.