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Sustainability and Conservation: Citizen Science and Service Learning in Australia with a Field Practicum in Australia
[late spring online BIOL 296 or 496 (SUST 495) - 3 credits; summer practicum BIOL 296 or 496 (SUST 495) - 1 credit].
North Queensland, Australia boasts some of the most diverse and remarkable ecosystems in the southern hemisphere. Participants in this embedded field program will complete two pre-trip, late spring 2018 online assignments to prepare them for a two-week field practicum (June 24 - July 9, 2018). The practicum includes field research, citizen science projects, and service learning activities - all with James Cook University (JCU) research faculty and graduate students, field scientists from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and conservationists from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Field work will focus on the conservation biology and sustainability of the Australian Wet Tropics (tropical rainforests), Great Barrier Reef, and the dry sclerophyll forests and open woodlands ecosystems in North Queensland. Some highlights of this program include research with the JCU Turtle Health Research Team on sea and freshwater turtle health and viral outbreaks, participation in the Great Barrier Reef Monitoring Program, a Koala Population Survey Project on Magnetic Island, an Nywaigi Aboriginal culture experience, platypus spotting, and an eco-retreat on the edge of the Outback.

North Queensland, Australia boasts some of the most diverse and remarkable ecosystems in the southern hemisphere. Participants in this embedded field program will complete pre-trip, online assignments to prepare them for a two-week field practicum (June 24 - July 9, 2018). The practicum includes field research, citizen science projects, and service learning activities - all with James Cook University (JCU) research faculty and graduate students, field scientists from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and conservationists from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Field work will focus on the conservation biology and sustainability of the Australian Wet Tropics (tropical rainforests), Great Barrier Reef, and the dry sclerophyll forests and open woodlands ecosystems in North Queensland. Some highlights of this program include research with the JCU Turtle Health Research Team on sea and freshwater turtle health and viral outbreaks, participation in the Great Barrier Reef Monitoring Program, a Koala Population Survey Project on Magnetic Island, an Nywaigi Aboriginal culture experience, platypus spotting, and an eco-retreat on the edge of the Outback.


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Eligibility


Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • Pre-requisites: BIOL 296* or 496** or SUST 495** - Sustainability and Conservation: Citizen Science and Service Learning in Australia (online and field practicum courses) 1 Penn State undergraduate prerequisite: students must have a >3.0 cumulative GPA and 2nd – 4th semester standing. 2 Penn State undergraduate prerequisite: students must have a >3.0 cumulative GPA, entrance to given major, and 5th semester standing. 
  • This course is open to students of all majors and campuses.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals


During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of: information regarding housing is not available at this time.


Program Costs



Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.
 

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.
 

For More Information



For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Jacqueline McLaughlin by emailing jxm57@psu.edu
 

How to Apply


 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must go to 'Application' link on CHANCE Australia website: http://chance.psu.edu/fieldcourses/australia2018/application.html


Studying Abroad with a Disability


Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
 

 

 

 



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer-Embedded 2018 08/22/2017
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Rolling Admission 06/24/2018 07/09/2018
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Jacqueline McLaughlin by emailing jxm57@psu.edu if you are interested in applying for this embedded program
Summer-Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed