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G-STEM International Research Opportunities

G-STEM requires STEM students to be accepted into approved undergraduate research programs abroad in addition to acceptance into the G-STEM Program.  G-STEM applicants should apply to their choice of STEM undergraduate research abroad programs to meet G-STEM program deadlines.
The following are recommended international research opportunities.

APPLY NOW: Summer Research Experience in the Sciences at Cordoba University, Cordoba, Andalusia; Spain  

Research projects focus on the following areas:  Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Physical Chemistry & Applied Thermo-dynamics, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Zoology, Computer & Numerical Analysis,  Physiology & Immunology and Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Dual Degree Engineering in Chemistry.

How to Apply:

Provide the following to G-STEM via email at gstem@spelman.edu by February 1: 
1.CV or resume
2. A personal statement, and
3. A transcript. 

Dr.  T. Cássia de Brito Galvão, G-STEM Co-Director, will review the information provided and forward it  to Cordoba University. The university makes the final determination on student admission into the Cordoba summer research experience.

Don't miss out on other important G-STEM opportunities.
Download the following:

2013 Summer Research Opportunities List

2013 Summer and Fall Summer Research Opportunities List

Spelman Faculty-led Study Travel with STEM Research Components:

Brazil Summer Study Abroad “Cultural Encounters in Brazil” in Salvador, Bahia; June-July

This is a five-week, 8 credit study travel program in the northeast Brazilian city of Salvador in the state of Bahia and introduces students to the rich history, culture and contemporary issues in modern Brazil.  Students enroll in two classes at Faculdade Social da Bahia:  Brazilian Culture and Portuguese Language for Beginners.  Students also participate in educational excursions and out of class activities to complement classroom activities.  Program participants interact with students and faculty from the Instituto Cultural Steve Biko, an organization that focuses on human rights and anti-racism.

In addition to the cultural program, G-STEM Scholars complete a minimum of 80 hours of independent research at the UNIDUNAS Research Park. 

  • Program Prerequisites:  None
  • Summer 2012 Program Cost:  $5,000
  • Research Areas:  Biology| Chemistry| Environmental Science & Studies
  • Independent Research Projects:  Water Resource Management (lagoons) and Investigation of Park Wildlife (lizards)
  • Brazil Summer Study Abroad Program Information and/or application process: brazilstudy@spelman.edu

Study & Learn in South Africa; Johannesburg and Cape Town; May-June

The program focuses on global and local responses to poverty and pandemics with a special forum on HIV/AIDS.  Student experiences include visits to NGO’s whose work is connected to South African responses to HI/AIDS and other health challenges.  Participants also visit South African organizations such as:  (1) Kalfong AIDS Orphanage, (2) Tebogo Trust Schools in SOWETO, (3) Sonke Gender Justice Network and (4) U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.

In addition to the study and learn program, G-STEM Scholars complete 40 hours of field research in South Africa and 20 hours data analysis and report preparation under the guidance of their Spelman mentor.

  • Program Prerequisites:  Expressed and demonstrated interest in global health, media writing and research and other academic areas that connect international affairs and public service
  • Summer 2013 Program Costs:  $5,000
  • Research Areas:  G-STEM Scholars must have STEM research interests to include global and public health
  • Study & Learn in South Africa Information and/or Application Process:Dr. Bruce Wade; bwade@splman.edu; 404-270-5629; Giles 302

G-STEM Research Partnerships:

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics; Budapest, Hungary; Summer, Semester& Academic Year

Mathematics and computer science majors in their junior/senior years may spend one or two semesters in Budapest and study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers.

The instructors of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of Eötvös University, the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the three institutions known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians.  Semesters start in the first week of September and February.

  • Program Prerequisites:  Completed at least one semester of Abstract Algebra or Advanced Calculus (a first course in analysis).  Please check the website for more details:  http://www.budapestsemesters.com/
  • Program Tuition for 2012-2013:$9,115 (U.S.) for one semester or $18,230 (U.S.) for a full year
  • Research Areas:  Mathematics|Computer Science
  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Information and/or Application Process:

Please check the website for details:  http://www.budapestsemesters.com/ 

North American Office:
Semesters in Mathematics
St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057
Phone: 1-507-786-3114
Email: budapestsemesters@gmail.com

The German Academic Exchange Service Research Internships in Science and Engineering (DAAD-RISE), Germany; May-August

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation whose DAAD-RISE Program has a competitive ranking system for lab placements for North American students in research internships in universities and institutes in Germany over the course of 8-12 weeks.  Each G-STEM participant in the DAAD-RISE program receives funding support prior to their arrival in Germany.

  • Program Prerequisites:Completed two years of an undergraduate program.Please check the website for more details:  https://www.daad.de/rise/en/
  • Program Cost:  None
  • Research Areas:Biology | Chemistry | Physics | Earth Sciences | Engineering
  • DAAD-RISE Information and/or Application Process: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/

DAAD New York
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-1814
Phone: 212.758.3223
Email:  daadny@daad.org

Student Research Development Center of Ana G. Mendez University (SRDC-AGMUS); Worldwide Placements; Summer

SRDC-AGMUS provides summer research experiences through formal internships with top international research institutes.  Research projects are approximately 8-10 weeks and locations include:  Chile, Peru, South Africa and Spain.  Each G-STEM participant in the SRDC-AGMUS program receives funding support prior to their travel to their international research site.Students also have the opportunity to present their research at the annual AGMUS Research Symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Program Prerequisites:  3.3gpa or better and previous research experience with presentation of work
  • Program Cost:  $2,000
  • Research Areas:  Biology | Computer Science | Engineering| Physics (Astronomy) | Chemistry
  • SRDC-AGMUSInformation:  Please check the website for details:  http://srdc.suagm.edu/

SRDC-AGMUS Application Process: Provide the following to G-STEM via email at gstem@spelman.edu by February 1 (1) CV or resume, (2) personal statement and (3) transcript.  Dr. Juan F. Arratia, the Executive Director SRDC-AGMUS makes the final determination on student admission into the SRDC-AGMUS summer research experience.

Research-based Study Abroad:

Duke University-Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke-OTS)

Duke-OTS is a non-profit consortium that provides graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs.Instruction focuses on the internationally-recognized OTS method of field-based, hands-on learning.Duke-OTS offers 4 week (summer) and 9 week (semester) programs.  

Costa Rica-Tropical Biology provides an in-depth understanding of tropical ecology, natural resource management and scientific inquiry. Students will also learn about the conservation of tropical ecosystems through a series of field-based case studies with ecologists and local stakeholders, and improve their Spanish with a homestay and intensive language instruction.

Costa Rica Semester – Global Healthprovides training in research in the areas of tropical medicine and public health in Costa Rica.emphasizes the scientific, intercultural, and social aspects of global health, tropical medicine, public health, ethnobiology, and research topics in these subjects. Lectures, readings from primary literature, and discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and research.

Global Health Issues in South Africa Summer Programintroduce students to the fundamental principles of South African medicine and public health systems.Students will study current techniques and concerns in South African medicine and public health, analyze the impact of climate change for human health, and analyze the social and economic determinants that contribute to the expanding impact of infectious diseases.

South Africa Semester – African Ecology & Conservation is based on four core courses: South African Ecosystems and Diversity, Field Research in Savanna Ecology, Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa, and History and Culture of South Africa.  The program offers participants hands-on learning experiences over a wide range of ecological and cultural settings.

  • Program Prerequisites: Please check the website for details:  www.ots.duke.edu
  • Program Tuition: Please check the website for details:  
  • Research Areas:  Research areas vary with programs.  Please check the website for details:   www.ots.duke.edu
  • Duke-OTS Information and/or Application Process:Please check the website for details:  Please check the website for details:  

OTS
Duke University
410 Swift Avenue
Box 90630
Durham, NC 27705

Phone: 919.684.5774
infoweb@ots.ac.cr
otsaadmissions@duke.edu

School of International Training (SIT); World Wide Placements, Summer, Fall & Spring

SIT provides field-based study abroad opportunities in programs in more than 40 countries.  A course in field study methods prepares students to conduct original research on a related academic topic. G-STEM applicants should choose STEM related SIT programs for G-STEM consideration. 

  • Program Prerequisites:Varies by program.  Please check the website for details:  http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/
  • Program Cost: Varies by program.Please check the website for details: 
    http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/program_costs.cfm
  • Research Areas: Global Health | Natural Resource Management |Biodiversity and Environmental Policy | Coastal  Ecology | Public Health, Traditional Medicine and Community Empowerment |  Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conservation
  • SIT Information and/or Application Process:  Please check the website for details:  http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/

SIT
1 Kipling Road, PO Box 676
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676
802.257.7751, 800.257.7751 (Toll-free in the US)
studyabroad@sit.edu

SEA Semester Field Programs in Marine & Environmental Studies (SEA Semester):  Summer, Fall & Spring

SEA Semester begins with a shore component in Wood Hole, MA followed by an open research cruise of the deep ocean.  The interdisciplinary curriculum has an emphasis on hands-on learning and independent research.  Many Sea Semester projects lead to conference presentations, publications or completion of a senior thesis.

  • SEA Semester:  Ocean Exploration takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the marine environment by combining the natural sciences, social sciences and public policy.
  • SEA Semester:  Oceans & Climates examine the role of the oceans in global change.
  • SEA Semester:  Energy & the Ocean Environmentinvestigates the social, environmental and technological dimensions of energy production and transportation in coastal and open ocean environments.
  • Program Prerequisites:  Varies by program.  Please check the website for details:   http://www.sea.edu/
  • Program Cost:Varies by program.Please check the website for details:   http://www.sea.edu/admissions/program_costs
  • Research Areas:Research areas vary with programs.  Please check the website for details:http://www.sea.edu/
  • SEA Semester Information and/or Application Process:  Please check the website for details:  Please check the website for details http://www.sea.edu/admissions

Sea Education Association
P.O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543
800-552-3633 x770

Traditional Study Abroad with Research:

G-STEM works collaboratively with traditional study abroad programs to ensure an undergraduate research component within existing programs.  G-STEM Scholars gain research experience through traditional study abroad programs in a number of formats:  (1) research-based courses, (2) independent research projects (3)  field-based research and (4) laboratory research.  The format selected is determined by G-STEM and the traditional study abroad program.

  • Arcadia University-College of Global Studies:  http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/
  • Butler University-Institute for Study Abroad:  www.ifsa-butler.org
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE):  www.ciee.org/study
  • DIS:  Danish Institute for Study Abroad:  www.dis.dk
  • InterStudy:  www.interstudy.org
  • IES:  Institute for the International Education of Students:  www.iesabroad.org
  • Tsuda Women’s College in Tokyo, Japan:  http://www.tsuda.ac.jp/en/
  • University of Sussex, England:  http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/