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International Research Experiences Cbie


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Presented By: Carol Bender, Director, UBRP & BRAVO! Programs, University of Arizona and Donna Brown, Director, Undergraduate Research, University of New Hampshire

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International Research Experiences Cbie

  1. 1. for Undergraduate Students Director, UBRP & BRAVO! Programs University of Arizona Director, Undergraduate Research University of New Hampshire Carol Bender Donna Brown Developing Plans to Provide International Research Experiences
  2. 2. <ul><li>Gives students with structured curricula an international experience integrated with their academic program </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages liberal arts students to get involved in research </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes international understanding through discipline-based collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Advances collaborative projects with foreign collaborators </li></ul>Why undergraduate research abroad?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Moves students beyond role of “college students” </li></ul><ul><li>Creates awareness of demands of international research </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages autonomy and professional responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Exposes students to logistics of working in a foreign setting </li></ul><ul><li>Establishes personal & professional contacts abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Adds distinctive experience to student’s resume </li></ul>How is research abroad distinctive? Professional Growth:
  4. 4. <ul><li>Intensifies cultural immersion </li></ul><ul><li>Provides different point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Deepens appreciation of cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>Causes re-examination of stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Deepens appreciation of complexity of problems </li></ul><ul><li>Offers new perspectives of own country </li></ul><ul><li>Increases ability to communicate with a diversity of people </li></ul>Cultural Awareness: How is research abroad distinctive?
  5. 5. Enhancement of Academic Program: How is research abroad distinctive? <ul><li>Introduces students to proposal development and research design </li></ul><ul><li>Develops research skills related to project </li></ul><ul><li>Links foreign language and cultural preparation directly to research location </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates an international focus into student’s academic curriculum </li></ul>
  6. 6. International Undergraduate Research Opportunities University of New Hampshire Namibia
  7. 7. <ul><li>Research in the same country the summer after study abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Nine weeks of full-time, funded research - $4,100 </li></ul>Three Options: <ul><li>Advanced independent summer research abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Average grant $6,300 plus stipends for mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Research during a study abroad experience </li></ul><ul><li>Support for research expenses - $600 </li></ul>Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Abroad: Study Abroad Research Grants: International Research Opportunities Program (IROP):
  8. 8. Spain The IROP Mission: To integrate an international experience and global awareness with a student’s program of study through the promotion and fostering of advanced undergraduate research in an international setting.
  9. 9. IROP Goals: New Zealand Germany <ul><li>Enhance awareness of international research & foreign cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage liberal arts students to get involved in research </li></ul><ul><li>Give students with structured curricula an international experience integrated with their academic program </li></ul>
  10. 10. The IROP student: Sri Lanka <ul><li>Submits application and research proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Studies foreign language </li></ul><ul><li>and culture of research site </li></ul><ul><li>Refines research skills and collaborates with UNH mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Conducts research abroad with foreign mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Returns to campus, presents research and cultural experience </li></ul>
  11. 11. The UNH mentor: <ul><li>Guides the student’s application </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies a foreign mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Supervises research preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors student while abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Supervises completion of research </li></ul><ul><li>Assists in evaluating the program </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Collaborates with UNH mentor and student </li></ul><ul><li>Makes arrangements at foreign research site </li></ul><ul><li>Supervises summer </li></ul><ul><li>research experience </li></ul>Ukraine The foreign mentor:
  13. 13. International Placement Issues <ul><li>Political/social unrest </li></ul><ul><li>Health dangers </li></ul><ul><li>Safety concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Physical hardships </li></ul><ul><li>Culture shock </li></ul>High Risk Placements:
  14. 14. <ul><li>Foreign languages needs </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts at research site </li></ul>International Placement Issues Communication Concerns: <ul><li>Communication with UNH from foreign site emergency plan while abroad </li></ul>Ireland
  15. 15. International Placement Issues <ul><li>Academic hierarchies in other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Bureaucratic protocol in other countries </li></ul><ul><li>Gender issues </li></ul><ul><li>Summer vacations at foreign site </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of time and efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Housing arrangements </li></ul>Nepal Russia <ul><li>Appropriate pre-departure orientation </li></ul>Cross-cultural Expectations:
  16. 16. Administrative Challenges Scotland <ul><li>Reaching students early in their academic careers </li></ul><ul><li>Matching faculty research and student interests </li></ul><ul><li>Guiding students in developing international proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Securing both a UNH and foreign mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring shared expectations among all parties </li></ul>
  17. 17. Administrative Challenges <ul><li>Mentoring of international projects more time-consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Limited course offerings in foreign languages and cultures for some regions of world </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in academic year and summer vacations at foreign site </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of institutional incentives for faculty </li></ul>Tanzania
  18. 18. Institutional Benefits <ul><li>Particularly attractive to individual donors </li></ul><ul><li>A priority of recent UNH capital campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Strong relationship with UNH Foundation </li></ul>IROP attractive for fund raising: <ul><li>Annual Legislators Breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation Board of Directors Annual Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Fulbright & other post-graduate fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate school & job applications </li></ul>IROP’s unique experience enhances UNH reputation : IROP featured in UNH events and publications:
  19. 19. <ul><li>Open to all fields of study </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates advanced research & intense cultural experience </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful impact on students’ personal & professional goals </li></ul>IROP <ul><li>Coordinating program is labor-intensive </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive, but attractive to donors and university publicity </li></ul>Pros: Cons:
  20. 20. 5 2 5 18 2 4 1 37 10 7 2 25 6 7 0 57 Profile of IROP Students: 1999-2008 Science/ Engineering Liberal Arts/ Non-Science Africa Asia Australia/New Zealand Western Europe Eastern Europe/Russia Latin/South America Canada TOTAL Lab Independent/Field 21 73 Research Type # Students
  21. 21. IROP For more information: Donna Brown, Director Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research University of New Hampshire, Durham NH [email_address]
  22. 22. xxxx The University of Arizona Costa Rica Intern ational Undergraduate Researc h Opportunities
  23. 23. Several Options: Biomedical Research Abroad: Vistas Open! (BRAVO!) Ambos Nogales Revegetation Project Honors College Research Grants External Grants that the Student Secures Binational activities made possible by proximity to the international border Small grant that student can apply for to do research abroad or domestically Advanced research experience (10 weeks to a year) DAAD, Institut Pasteur, and other organizations now offer such awards
  24. 24. The BRAVO! Mission: To ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to be responsible and productive members of a global society. Peru (similar to the mission of all of our international endeavors)
  25. 25. BRAVO! Goals: <ul><li>To promote international understanding by enabling students in the sciences to participate in research abroad related to the research they do at UA </li></ul><ul><li>To advance collaborative projects between UA scientists and their foreign collaborators </li></ul>Mexico
  26. 26. The BRAVO! Student: <ul><li>Becomes research experienced </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches UA mentor about identifying a foreign mentor and research group </li></ul><ul><li>Prepares a five page proposal for the work to be done abroad; for a copy of the application see </li></ul><ul><li>Presents proposal to selection committee </li></ul>Thailand bravo/default.cfm?id=app
  27. 27. Once approved the BRAVO! student: <ul><li>Participates in a two-evening cultural orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Works with program director on transportation, additional scientific training, reviewing program obligations, securing </li></ul><ul><li>visa and immunizations </li></ul><ul><li>Works with UA and foreign </li></ul><ul><li>mentors on human and </li></ul><ul><li>animal subjects approvals, </li></ul><ul><li>collecting permits </li></ul><ul><li>Arranges housing with foreign mentor </li></ul>Ecuador
  28. 28. <ul><li>Provides an article for the program newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Submits receipts for housing, travel, research supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Makes a datablitz presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Makes a presentation to an off campus group </li></ul><ul><li>Completes a written evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Pledges to stay in contact with the program for LIFE </li></ul>Upon return the BRAVO! student: The Netherlands
  29. 29. BRAVO! Placements 1992-2008 34 countries -- 6 continents 89 foreign institutions
  30. 30. <ul><li>Written evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors’ and students’ comments (and mentors’ continued participation) </li></ul><ul><li>Record of publications and presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ subsequent activities </li></ul>Current Status of BRAVO! Trainees BRAVO! Evaluation MD MD/PhD PhD MS Other BS UG 0 20 40 60 NSF/HHMI MIRT/MHIRT
  31. 31. Carol Bender, Director Undergraduate Biology Research Program & Biomedical Research Abroad: Vistas Open! The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ [email_address] BRAVO! For more information: