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Fact Sheet:
Advisor:
Cristina Sosa
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only
Fields of Study:
Biology, Microbiology
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Summer Program Duration:
2 weeks
Housing:
Hostel
Program Description:
BIO 411, 3 credits.  Join students from UMass Dartmouth and the University of Reading (United Kingdom), to work with students from Universidad EAFIT and Universidad de Antioquia in the exploration of soil microbes in the tropics in a course led by Professors Mark Silby (UMass Dartmouth) and Robert Jackson (University of Reading). Earn 3 upper-level credits in biology while discovering biological and biotechnological diversity in Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. This two-week course will be hosted in the Colombian city of Medellín, capital of the department (province) of Antioquia. Formerly the stronghold of Pablo Escobar, Medellín is now transforming into a vibrant and exciting first-world city.  The course also includes an overnight field trip to Urabá.

You will visit three biologically and environmentally distinct field sites, including a two-day stay at a field station situated among banana plantations and native forest. Soil samples will be analyzed in the laboratory at Universidad EAFIT. Working in teams, you will characterize the diversity of microbes, and carry out experiments to look for biotechnologically important activities such as the production of antibiotics and bioplastics. Laboratory and field work will be supplemented with workshops and tutorial sessions, providing an intensive theoretical and practical experience unavailable elsewhere. Because this is a joint venture, faculty from all four institutions will serve in instructional and mentoring roles and students from each institution will participate. You will gain an interesting cultural experience to be enjoyed alongside the scientific aspects of the course. And don’t worry, there is some free time to spend learning about the city of Medellín outside of the laboratory!

Students without a strong background in microbiology will be able to participate in a week-long skills building session prior to departure, to ensure they are well-equipped to gain the maximum benefit from the class. All students should speak with Professor Silby (Department of Biology) before signing up, to discuss logistics and practical aspects of the class.

Non-refundable deposit: A $250 deposit is due at the time of application. 
Program payment: The program fee is due April 1, 2017. 
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.