Call for Proposals to Lead a Class Clinic Lab

Due Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

EnviroLab Asia is a grant-funded initiative at the Claremont Colleges that aims to advance scholarship on environmental issues in East and Southeast Asia. One component of the initiative is a Clinic Trip in which 5C students and faculty travel to Asia to conduct a short research project. A Clinic Trip is usually composed of 4 faculty-led “Class Clinic Labs.” Each Class Clinic Lab works on a specific research topic and product (paper, presentation, art, performance, communications product, etc.). We are seeking proposals from faculty members to lead Class Clinic Labs. The faculty member may come from any field and from any of the undergraduate 5C institutions.

Major responsibilities of a faculty member leading a Class Clinic Lab:

  • Determine the research question, research partners in Asia, research product (paper, art, presentation, communications product, etc.) and travel itinerary (with support from EnviroLab Asia).
  • Meet regularly throughout the Spring semester with Class Clinic Lab members. The schedule is determined by the faculty member. The faculty member also determines the role students will play in the Lab. Faculty may train students to serve as “Research Assistants” to support the faculty’s research, or allow students to choose their own research topic with guidance from faculty member.
  • Work with EnviroLab Asia to select their student lab participants, which includes reviewing written applications and participating in interviews during the Fall semester. All students involved in a Class Lab are considered “EnviroLab Asia Fellows” and are required to enroll in the EnviroLab Asia Class (EA Special Topics 189) class, which provides an overview of environmental issues facing the region and will prepare students to conduct research during the Clinic Trip.

Faculty Lab Leaders receive a stipend ($2,500) for their participation and travel costs of the Clinic Trip are covered by EnviroLab Asia. A planning trip to Asia to prepare for the research and plan for travel logistics is also covered.

The Clinic Trip typically takes place after the end of the Spring Semester during the last 2 weeks of May. For May 2020, the Clinic Trip will take place in Korea. For May 2021, the Clinic Trip will be in China. We are accepting proposals for both years.

Folks may consider in their proposal connections between previous Clinic Trips and themes as listed below:

  • 2016 – Singapore, Malaysian Borneo: deforestation, palm oil, dams, indigenous people’s rights, development
  • 2017 – Vietnam: mangroves, sustainability, food systems
  • 2018- Thailand: mangroves, nutrient cycling, organic farming, corporate social responsibility
  • 2019 Japan: accessibility for elderly and disabled people in Japan, food and rural issues, biodiversity, science fiction and themes of the environment, nuclear power

We look to support projects that reflect our guiding principles, which are summarized below:

  • To create a space for the production of new knowledge about the interaction between nature, the built environment, and human populations in East and Southeast Asia
  • To utilize cross-disciplinary approaches
  • To encourage 5C exchanges between and across campuses, utilize the current resources at the Claremont Colleges, and/or encourage community-building between and among 5C campus communities
  • To increase faculty and students’ capacities to effectively influence debates on environmental issues as well as present innovative solutions to challenges resulting from environmental problems


Please provide a written proposal that answers all the questions below. Proposals should be 1-3 pages long. The purpose is for EnviroLab Asia to know who is interested in leading a Class Clinic Lab and what research may take place.




Discipline/Field Group/Department:

  1. Which location and year are you interested in participating (Korea 2020 or China 2021)?
  2. Please describe your research interest, research questions, or research project you would like to pursue with students on the Class Clinic Lab.
  3. In what ways do your Class Clinic Lab reflect the guiding principles of EnviroLab Asia?
  4. Please describe any specific locations you would like to visit on the Clinic Trip and if you have local connections or a local partner you would like to work with. In what ways is the Class Clinic Lab mutually beneficial for the Claremont Colleges and the Asian partner?
  5. What types of activities do you envision taking place during the Clinic Trip? What type of work will students be doing?
  6. In what ways will leading the Class Clinic Lab impact your research or scholarship? In what ways would your Class Clinic Lab impact students in terms of their academic training, skills development, cross-cultural experiences, etc.?
  7. Is there any other information you would like for us to know?


Please submit final written proposal (in a single PDF or Word document) to kmak@cmc.eduby Friday, Feb. 15.Questions should also be directed to Karin Mak, Project Administrator (