The China Veterinary Research summer internship program offers a unique, dual-institutional opportunity at South China Agriculture University (SCAU) and second to-be-announced location for Penn State's pre-veterinary and animal science students to gain international experience in learning about newly emerging animal diseases. Students will conduct independent studies and research assignments in animal disease research, investigations, diagnostic development, and disease control strategies. Program leader Huaguang Lu, Clinical Professor and Avian Virologist at Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Lab, will oversee the program and support and mentor students.
Students accepted into the program will take one 3-credit course (VB SC 499) at SCAU studying diagnostics and control strategies for newly emerging animal diseases. Following that, students are expected to complete one 3-credit internship (VB SC 497) focusing on specific animal viral pathogens, and also participate in routine lab activities and research studies using various traditional and advanced diagnostic procedures.
South China Agriculture University is found in Guangzhou, a bustling metropolitan port city (one of China's largest) located northwest of Hong Kong. It is the capital of Guangdong province, the south subtropical climate in China. Guangdong currently ranks in the top 10 provinces in China for animal husbandry, particularly swine, poultry production, and also aquaria culture. There is an annual swine count of 35.32 million head with 2.65 million tons of pork production, an annual poultry count of 973.92 million head with 1.35 million tons of broiler meat production, 0.34 million tons of egg production, and 8.82 million tons of annual aquaria culture production. To maintain current and continuously growing production scales, industries are in urgent need of effective diagnostics and surveillance of newly emerging and highly pathogenic animal infectious diseases, better control and prevention strategies for safe and healthy animal agriculture. Thus, we aim to create a joint teaching course between Penn State and SCAU on laboratory diagnostics for newly emerging and highly pathogenic animal viral diseases in this collaboration project.
Program alumni have been greatly benefited from this program either in advanced studies in veterinary schools or successful employment of job performance.
Students will be registered for 6 credits, consisting of one 3-credit internship and one 3-credit course:
VB SC 497 International Internship in Veterinary Research (3 credits)
VB SC 499 International Studies in Veterinary Research (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Huaguang Lu
Dr. Lu will assist students in their preparations for this program, and his colleagues at SCAU will serve as co-mentors to coordinate the program. He will assign grades for students' research from their participation and accomplishments in the lab, and co-lead the course with the host university.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
As this is a faculty-led summer study abroad program, grades will be posted according to the Summer 2 deadline.
This program is open to students in Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Toxicology, Animal Science, Biology, and other science based majors. To be better prepared for this internship program, applicants are asked to register for VB SC 496 - Independent Study at Wiley lab/ADL Avian Virology for the spring semester prior to departure on the program to work with the faculty leader on the skills needed for this internship experience. Prospective candidates should contact Dr. Lu for more information about prerequisites.
SCAU has dormitories on campus and meal plans available for international students at a discount price. Students will have access to the university's library, computer, and internet facilities.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For more information, please contact Dr. Huaguang Lu in the Department of Animal Science. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
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