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Winter Break Intern'l Programs in Food, Agric & Nat Resource Sciences (IPFANS) Field Study Seminars

Grad students register in spring term under CFANS 5500

Need help to finance your international experience, below is a list of scholarship websites that you might want to check out:
Campus-wide Scholarships:
UMTC Financial Need/First Generation Scholarship, up to $1,500, 14 awards
General Learning Abroad Center Scholarships, up to $1,000, 65 awards
Learning Abroad Diversity Scholarships, up to $1,250, 5 awards

Here's a list of international field experiences being offered this semester and during winter break (all seminar applications are due October 1)

Costa Rica: Sustainable Development
January 2 to 15, 2011
Program Leaders: Timothy Smith and Cynthia Messer
Costa Rica is famous for its unique biodiversity and natural resources. It boasts an enormous range of ecological conditions, from steamy, humid coasts to hot, dry lowlands and cool, mountain cloud forests. Students will experience development in action through hands-on exposure to various approaches to agricultural production, tourism, energy generation and urbanization, students will learn the synergies and tension between economic, social and environmental impacts--positive and negative. Students will explore sustainable land-based development, ecotourism, renewable energy and urbanization.
Cost: $3,700 with 10 students; $3,300 with 15 students (Fulfills Global Perspectives theme.)

JAMAICA: The Blue Lagoon--Sustaining Tropical Aquatic Biodiversity
January 2 to 15, 2011
Program Leader: Jim Perry
Jamaica is a beautiful Caribbean island, located just south of Cuba. It is a tropical island landscape (234 km or 146 miles long and 80 km or 50 miles wide) with beaches, tropical forest and a spine of mountains running east to west along the center. Late in the evening, after sampling coral reefs and tropical rivers, students discuss ecology and economic development, musical genres and environmental management. The course is conducted at several locations along the north coast of the island including Robins' Bay, the Blue Lagoon, Discovery Bay and Montego Bay.
Cost: $3,235 with 10 students; $2,960 with 15 students (Fulfills Global Perspectives theme.)

MEXICO: UN Climate Change Conference
November 28 to December 5, 2010
Program Leader: Ellen Anderson
This seminar will provide students the opportunity to experience and participate in the worldwide discussions on climate change with other students during the Youth Climate Non-Governmental Organization meetings. Students will learn about the processes followed during the negotiations of the international community during their time in Mexico. During their free time, students will have ample opportunities to mingle with other students from around the world or enjoy the hotel amenities (pool, beach, restaurants, shops, etc.). Students as Youth Forum participants, students will be expected to report back or make a presentation to local groups upon their return to Minnesota.
Program Cost $1, 600

Thailand: Large Mammal Research Techniques in Tropical Forests
December 27, 2010 to January 16, 2011
Program Leaders: Dave Smith and Francie Cuthbert
This course will provide participants with a brief overview of Thailand's culture and conservation challenges and then focus on applying a set of well-developed field survey and conservation tools. The course begins with a 2-day trip up Thailand's central waterway on a live-aboard barge designed for research and education. The class then travels to Thailand's premier conservation research site where a comfortable home base is available for daily field activities and a launching point for a wilderness trip into more remote parts of western Thailand. Students will work with three Thai biologists who are experts on tigers and field research. Specific activities will include camera trapping techniques, prey assessment methods and radio telemetry approaches to the study of large mammals.
Program Cost: $3,600 with 10 students; $3,400 with 15 students (Fulfills Global Perspectives theme.)

For more information on any of the CFANS International field experience, please contact John Vreyens: vreyens@umn.edu

Mark A. Bellcourt, Ed.D.
E-mail: bellc001@umn.edu
Senior Academic Advisor - CEHD Student Services
37 B McNeal Hall
Ph. (612) 626-8665
Appointments: (612) 625-3339
ATS Coordinator - CFANS Diversity Office
190L Coffey Hall
Ph. (612) 625-3915

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