CLASS - GA - The Kun Chen Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Kun Chen started teaching at Cal Poly Pomona in September 2011 after she received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She instantly became one of the most popular professors among students. She loved her students and her colleagues as well. Her dissertation research on transnational Chinese entrepreneurs was a ground-breaking study bringing together issues in migration theory, cultural change, and emerging technologies. She continued her research even after her cancer diagnosis. A few months before she passed away, while under heavy cancer treatment, she presented her research to two conferences: a paper “Reflexive Subjectivity: An Ethnography of Transnational Chinese Professionals” at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences conference, and another paper “Understanding the Digital Tribe: Ethnographic Methods and Chinese High-technology Professionals” was presented to the annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference. She was particularly fascinated by the new “sharing economy,” businesses like Uber and Airbnb, not necessarily because she thought they were good from a labor or community standpoint but because of their fluid organization and overnight global impact.

Recipients will be awarded $500, distributed in two semesters half for fall and half for Spring of the upcoming academic year.


  • Anthropology major
  • Minimum Cal Poly Pomona GPA of 3.25
  • Must be enrolled full-time during awarding period (enrollment must be established before the start of the awarding term)
  • Previous recipients are eligible to apply
  • Complete supplemental requirements

To begin the application process, please complete the general Bronco Scholarship Application first then proceed to search this scholarship in the “Opportunities>>Recommended” Tab and APPLY

2024-2025, CLASS - Geography and Anthropology , Open to International Students
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a current resume.
  2. In no more than 500 words, address how will your study or activity of anthropology contribute to your immediate or long-range career plans?