Rodger Caudill is another of the SOAN students to receive the AHSS award this cycle. So as you many know, the University of Puget Sound offers students competitive Summer Research Awards. These awards, varying from $3250 to $3750, allow students to pursue an in-depth research project over the summer months. Several students in the department were successful this year, and I’ve asked each to tell us a little bit about what they’ll be doing with their time, energy, and stipend monies in the coming summer. Here’s what Rodger had to say about about his interesting project:
This summer I will be studying the online community of League of Legends, a five versus five competitive e-sport. With a population of players larger than the population of France, League of Legends is a massive e-sport that has its own culture and large scale competitive events. Within the game of League of Legends, I will be examining “what makes the dream-work”, or in other words, what the recipe is that allows five players from all across the world to cooperate in a task more strategically complex than any sport aired on ESPN. To do so I will be researching cooperation and altruism with a sociological lens in addition to interviewing key members of this young and growing e-sport in hopes that the knowledge in uncovering the source of cooperation and altruistic behavior in this e-sport can be applied to further cooperation and altruistic behavior in a globalized world.
We look forward to hearing about your findings, Rodger, and we hope this research allows you to amass a substantial cache of Influence Points.