Event Title

Innovative Funding Mechanism for US Graduate Student Research Abroad: Peace Corps/NAU Pilot Partnership

Location

Latham Ballroom A/B

Event Website

http://www.cpe.vt.edu/cuenr/index.html

Start Date

26-3-2010 1:15 PM

End Date

26-3-2010 1:20 PM

Description

The Peace Corps and Northern Arizona University (NAU), School of Forestry have launched a new pilot program within the Peace Corps Masters International program. Peace Corps Masters International in Forestry is a standing program at several US Forestry Schools including NAU. Elements of the program include two semesters of course work at NAU, a typical Peace Corps service of 26 months in a foreign country, followed by one final semester at NAU where student prepare a publication quality Professional Paper. Students who successfully complete the program receive a Master of Forestry degree. Beginning in 2010 a pilot program called Peace Corps Country Post/University Partnership will link NAU School of Forestry with Peace Corps missions in Ghana and Mexico. Through these linkages the Peace Corp mission and university will jointly develop projects that are designed specifically to utilize NAU graduate students to meet Peace Corps goals in these countries. The partnership will allow NAU to recruit specific students for work assignments in these countries and allow faculty to help design high quality student projects.The goal is to create long term cooperative programs between a specific university and a foreign country to improve the effectiveness of the Peace Corps service in meeting country needs. The pilot project also creates a mechanism for graduate students with interest in working in these two countries to obtain financial support for their projects. The standard Peace Corps Volunteer receives language and technical training, medical care, living allowance and readjustment allowance upon completion of service. NAU may aalso provide support for the specific project and faculty oversight. When the pilot project is fully evaluated it is expected to be available to other Peace Corps Masters International Forestry Programs.

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Citation: Wagner, M.R., S. Rayburn. 2010. Innovative funding mechanism for US graduate student research abroad: Peace Corps/NAU pilot partnership. UENR Biennial Conference, Poster Session, Paper Number 4. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/Sessions/Poster/4/.

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Innovative Funding Mechanism for US Graduate Student Research Abroad: Peace Corps/NAU Pilot Partnership

Latham Ballroom A/B

The Peace Corps and Northern Arizona University (NAU), School of Forestry have launched a new pilot program within the Peace Corps Masters International program. Peace Corps Masters International in Forestry is a standing program at several US Forestry Schools including NAU. Elements of the program include two semesters of course work at NAU, a typical Peace Corps service of 26 months in a foreign country, followed by one final semester at NAU where student prepare a publication quality Professional Paper. Students who successfully complete the program receive a Master of Forestry degree. Beginning in 2010 a pilot program called Peace Corps Country Post/University Partnership will link NAU School of Forestry with Peace Corps missions in Ghana and Mexico. Through these linkages the Peace Corp mission and university will jointly develop projects that are designed specifically to utilize NAU graduate students to meet Peace Corps goals in these countries. The partnership will allow NAU to recruit specific students for work assignments in these countries and allow faculty to help design high quality student projects.The goal is to create long term cooperative programs between a specific university and a foreign country to improve the effectiveness of the Peace Corps service in meeting country needs. The pilot project also creates a mechanism for graduate students with interest in working in these two countries to obtain financial support for their projects. The standard Peace Corps Volunteer receives language and technical training, medical care, living allowance and readjustment allowance upon completion of service. NAU may aalso provide support for the specific project and faculty oversight. When the pilot project is fully evaluated it is expected to be available to other Peace Corps Masters International Forestry Programs.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/Sessions/Poster/4