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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Short-term Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Short-term Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short-term Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2018 05/28/2018

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

About

Elephants and Mount Kenya

This program emphasizes the development of hypotheses and implementation of ecological research. You will obtain practical experience with sampling methodologies during a major field trip. In addition, a research project will promote hypothesis conception, further research techniques, data analysis, presentation, and discussion skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a wide variety of organisms including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates.
  • Understand the basic physical, ecological, and social forces structuring biotic communities in the study area.
  • Develop skills related to designing and implementing ecological field studies.
  • Understand the techniques used to sample natural communities and assess organismal response to environmental variation.

Travel Dates:

May 13-28, 2018

 

Academics

Course(s):

BIOL 417 Field Ecology, 3 credits (syllabus not yet available)

Prerequisite(s):

None.

 

Accommodation

Participants will stay in shared accommodations arranged by the program.

 

Expenses

See Budget Sheet for information about program costs, including the user charge, self-support tuition, and non-billable expenses.

To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.

Payment Schedule

The user charge will be billed to your SDePay account and will be due according to the following schedule:

Description Amount Due Date
Deposit $[AMOUNT] [DATE]
Installment $[AMOUNT] [DATE]
Final payment $[AMOUNT] [DATE]

The tuition will be billed to the student account separately and due with Summer 2018 tuition and fees. (See self-support tuition rates.)

Withdrawal and Refund

Withdrawal notices must be submitted in writing to the Center for Academic & Global Engagement, not the faculty director. The date of withdrawal shall be considered the date that CAGE receives the notification, which may be later than the date it was sent (e.g., if sent after hours or on a holiday or weekend).

Any refund of the user charge will be determined according to the following schedule:

Date of Withdrawal Refund Amount
Before [DATE] Full refund
On [DATE] through [DATE] User charge less [AMOUNT]
On [DATE] through [DATE] User charge less [AMOUNT]
On or after [DATE] No refund

Any refund of the tuition will be based on the University of South Dakota Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

 

Application

Application Instructions

Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.

If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) or NON-USD LOGIN (non-USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students of all majors.

This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.

All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.

 

Contacts

Faculty Director

Andrea Liebl is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota. She earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Florida, and her research interests are on how the environment influences phenotypes beyond the scope of the genotype. She has traveled to Kenya several times for research and twice with students from the University of Exeter.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, contact the faculty director (Andrea.Liebl@usd.edu) or the Center for Academic & Global Engagement (theworld@usd.edu).

To schedule an advising session with Søren Peterson in CAGE, go to http://tinyurl.com/USDabroad-smp.

 

Resources

For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.