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¡SOBRE México!: Student Opportunities for Biological Research in Mexico

¡SOBRE México!

Program Schedule

Apply in Fall for entry into program starting Winter

Fall: Application due the end of October

  • Participants will need to have taken BIOL 181 by the time they enter the program

Winter Quarter: Students entering the program will enroll in Regional Natural History (BIOL377) which guides you through all steps of project preparation, from reviewing pertinent literature and communicating with foreign mentors (via email and SKYPE), to formulating hypotheses, designing methods/analyses, and orally presenting research proposals at the end of winter quarter. You will practice Spanish within the group with help from bilingual students participating in the program and SOBRE México faculty.

Spring Break: SOBRE México students will meet their foreign mentors at the field station, solidify their summer projects, and begin data collection during the dry season.
Spring Quarter: SOBRE México scholars will enroll in BIOL 495 (Research experience for undergraduates) to revise research proposals as necessary, communicate with foreign mentors and prepare for summer research. Each new cohort will present a group poster on your projects at SOURCE in May.

Summer: Get paid ($500/wk) to do research at the field station with Mexican mentors during Summer (for 7+weeks).

 SOBRE México scholars will conduct research with foreign mentors and UNAM students at EBCh. Informal Spanish instruction provided at EBCh. Daily interactions with scientists and students at EBCh along with regular meetings with foreign mentors and/or CWU faculty.   At end of your summer stay, you will present preliminary data at EBCh, along with plans for subsequent data analysis and dissemination.

  • Summer excursion to UNAM/Mexico City will include mentors, SOBRE Mexico scholars and UNAM students.
  • Excursions to Volcán Colima and other places in Mexico.

Fall Year 2: Participants will enroll in seminar course (BIOL 495.2) consisting of data analysis, skype session with EBCh mentors, and culminating in a Natural Science Seminar presentation, which will also serve as a recruitment kickoff for the upcoming year. Mentor Garcia (and possibly UNAM student/s) will attend seminar during year one; plans are underway for other mentors and UNAM students to attend in subsequent years.

Winter Year 2: Former SOBRE México students will give presentation in Winter as part of BIOL 377 to share their experience with the new year’s cohort.

Spring Year 2: Students from previous cohort will present results of individual projects at SOURCE in May.  Students will be encouraged to attend/present their research at international meetings and they can apply to CWU College of the Sciences for additional funding (for registration, etc.).

The Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) is a university-wide forum that showcases all disciplines of research, scholarship, and creative activities by students, faculty, and staff at Central Washington University.

Student Opportunities for Biological Research in México





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