In 1999 I took a course in Expository Writing at the Hawaii Community College. As part of the course, I wrote a short essay about my travels through 40 countries, "Great Expectations". To my surprise, the essay won awards at local, state, and international levels.

Read Great Expectations – Republished as the Jewel of Travel in the Study Abroad Journal.

Academic Awards

2016 PSU Quality Assurance Award – Top 5 in Social Science

Academic Publication Award – Web of Science (ISI)

2015 PSU Quality Assurance Award – Top 5 in Social Science

Academic Publication Award – Web of Science (ISI)

2014 Best Paper Award, PSU Phuket International Conference

Prince of Songkla University (PSU) Best Paper – Social Science Catagory

2012 Best Paper Award, Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA)

APTA Conference 2012 Best Paper – Taipei, Taiwan

2004 Hohonu Academic Journal, University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA

Academic Publication – China, a Magic Place: The Geography of Chinese Philosophy

1999 – The 22nd Annual Dean’s List of National Academic Achievement, USA

List of America's Outstanding College Students

1999 HCC Literary Competition, Hawaii Community College, USA

First Place Winner – Hawaii Community Colleges Statewide Contest

1999 League for Innovation Literary Competition, State of Hawaii, USA

Top Three in the Personal Essay Category, State of Hawaii League for Innovation Student Literary Competition

1999 Nota Bene Academic Publication, International Honor Society, USA

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Award – Nota Bene Literary Anthology – Selected from 1,642 Submissions


2005 (3 years) Taiwan Ministry of Education – Taiwan Scholarship – Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), Los Angeles. Master’s Scholarship – National Chengchi University.

2011 (2 years) PhD Scholarship, Faculty of International Studies (FIS), Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Phuket, Thailand

2012 (1 year) PhD Research Scholarship, Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Hat Yai, Thailand – Faculty of Environmental Management.

Press and Media Appearances

Emoto, R. (2008). Steven Martin in Thailand. Nalu – The Longboarder’s Magazine. pp. 154–159. No.66. Tokyo: Nalu.

Fein, S. (2010). Surf’s up, drownings down, as low season waves roll in: Phuket water safety expert uncovers the island’s unsung lifesaving heroes. The Phuket Gazette, April 10–16, 7(15). Phuket: The Nation.

Llewelline, P. (2001). Going to Extremes. Automobile Magazine. El Segundo, CA: The Enthusiast Network, Inc.

Ming Hsin University News. (2004). International exchange student: Mr Steven Martin [in Chinese]. Shin Feng, Taiwan: Ming Hsin University of Science and Technology Press.

Phuket Gazette. (2011). Local beaches slated for surfing reserve shortlist. The Phuket Gazette, November 12–18, 18(46). Phuket: The Nation.

The University News. (2005). Steven A Martin – Visual anthropology [in Chinese]. Taipei: National Chengchi University Press.

Letters and Documents of Recognition

1992 – Boy Scouts of America – Hawaii Aloha Council

1997 – American Red Cross – Appreciation Awards

1997 – State of California – Department of Parks and Recreation Recommendation

1997 – Lifeguards Hawaii State – Chief of Operations Letter of Recognition

2001 – Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center – Onizuka Memorial Committee

2004 – National Chengchi University, Taiwan – Letter of Recommendation

2004 – Ming-Shin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan – Letter of Recommendation

2014 – Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia – Ceremony of the Indonesian Center