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Study & Work Abroad Opportunities 2/26/10

February 25, 2010

I. Berkeley Global Environmental Brigade in Panama
II. UCD Summer Abroad in Australia - Open to UCB Students - Scholarship $$$ Available

I. Berkeley Global Environmental Brigade in Panama

Attention to all those interested in sustainable environmental development:

In association with the Berkeley Global Brigades chapter, the Berkeley Environmental Global Brigades is planning a week long fifteen-student large trip to Panama this summer! Brigade members will have the opportunity to develop and implement a sustainable environmental project for indigenous Panamanian communities. This is the experience of a life time to immerse yourself in a developing country, its environment, and its culture. You will work hands-on with rural indigenous communities in order to address issues such as environmental degradation, resource scarcity, environmental health, and waste management.

Panama, a country with twenty-one times more plant species per square kilometer than Brazil has faced a drastic decrease in rainforest coverage due to deforestation over the last sixty years. As a team, we can help curb this problem as well as many other pressing environmental issues in Panama. GEB at Berkeley empowers college students with the material, know-how, and support to assess and deliver sustainable solutions to impoverished villages.

Our first meeting will be THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH from 5-6 PM in 105 Dwinelle! Please come if you are interested; pizza will be provided!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dan Youmans at danyoumans@berkeley.edu or Tara DiRocco at taradirocco@berkeley.edu

Check out other brigaders at http://www.globalbrigades.org/project/environmental/. The background picture is of two Berkeley students from our March 2009 brigade!"


II. UCD Summer Abroad in Australia - Open to UCB Students - Scholarship $$$ Available
UC Davis Summer Abroad is currently accepting applications for our 2010 programs (over 36 programs in 25 different countries to choose from)!

Below is a program in Australia that should be of particular interest to biology and environmental science students. It is offered for 8 upper-division UC units and UCB Financial Aid applies (students may request an additional unit of 199 to qualify for aid). Click on the link below to visit the program’s web page where you can see photos, listen to the info session PODCAST, and view detailed information about accommodations, field trips, and fees.

Australia: Urban to Outback
Location: Melbourne and Kakadu National Park, Australia
Dates: July 3 – July 31, 2010
Courses: English 178 & Nature and Culture 198
Instructor: Jared Haynes (johaynes@ucdavis.edu)
Web: http://summer-abroad.ucdavis.edu/programs/current-programs/program.aspx?program=1979

Students spend three weeks in Melbourne and its surrounding areas and then a week in the north exploring Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest national park and World Heritage site both for its natural biodiversity and cultural significance. The courses offered are English 178 and Nature and Culture 198, but the program is also great fit for students interested in biology, plant science, animal science, environmental studies, entomology, zoology, or ecology. Participants will learn about and observe species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, plants, and marine life completely unique to the Australian region, guided by experienced local biologist and aboriginal expert Ian Morris.

We are also excited to announce two scholarship opportunities for students enrolling in a Summer Abroad program – one specifically for science majors!

1) UCD Summer Abroad will be offering $15,000 in Travel Awards this year (in awards of $500 and $1000) to students enrolled in our programs – including those at other UCs! The deadline is March 1 and you must be enrolled to apply. (I apologize for the late notice, but there is still time!) The application is available in the Finances section of our website, here: https://summer-abroad.ucdavis.edu/students/finances.aspx?view=Funding%20for%20Study%20Abroad.

2) The Gilman International Scholarship Program is piloting a special summer award cycle for students participating in summer 2010 study abroad programs and majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field. Students do not have to study a STEM subject abroad but must currently be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Awards can be up to $5,000 and the average award is $3,000. The deadline is April 6. Details and an application are available here: http://www.iie.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Programs7/Gilman_Awards/About_the_Program4/Eligibility3/Eligibility.htm

For a complete list of Summer Abroad programs or to start an online profile, visit http://summer-abroad.ucdavis.edu. Programs are filled on first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2010; however, most programs will fill much sooner so don’t delay!

Studying abroad can be one of the richest educational experiences you can have and we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to study abroad this summer!

Happy Travels!