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  • Undergraduate Research Center 2013 Request Letter for Project SupportErika Magnusson, Student in Honors 401W Contemporary Research of the Japanese American InternmentCamps courseMy trip to the Manzanar National Historic Site, California and participation in the 44thannual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 27, 2013 will assist me in my Honors401W Contemporary Research of the Japanese American Internment Camps course finalresearch paper.The objective of my research paper is to examine the soil type used for agriculture byIssei Japanese American farmers in Japanese American concentration camps. I willexamine how Japanese Americans in concentration camps utilized desert soil formedfrom arid climates. Japanese Issei and Nisei (1stand 2ndgeneration Japanese Americans)were ‘relocated’ to concentration camps in the following states: California, Utah,Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Idaho. Camps in all States but Arkansas (allof the Western States) are occupied by desert soils (aridisols).My study away experience will accompany my research paper proposal goals by:Gaining knowledge about using camp desert soils (aridisols) for gardeningand agriculture directly from Japanese Internment Camp survivorsAccessing hands-on-materials and primary resources (material cultureobjects that address: the camp soil profile, how camp’s desert soil affectedagricultural yield, agricultural techniques of Japanese American farmers,and historical background of desert soil before camps were built) at theJapanese American National Museum and the Hirasaki Resource HistoricCenter.I request to receive an URC Project Support Grant to assist me in my research projectstudy away experience. Although I have previously applied for an Honors Travel Grant,only a portion (at most $300) of study away travel and stay costs will be covered. A URCProject Support Grant, if granted, will directly help to cover travel expenses and supportcompletion of my Honors 401W Contemporary Research of the Japanese AmericanInternment Camps course final research paper.Estimated Cost of Travel and Stay for Study Away Experience.Flight $391Hotels $140Food $120Admissions $40Ground Transport $40Total $731Project Schedule:Study away experience April 24th- 29thFinal Research Paper April 29th