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CHANCE Program offers students research experience in Romania

CENTER VALLEY, PA – The Penn State Lehigh Valley CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) program offers students the opportunity for a unique short-term study abroad program in Romania during the spring and summer months of 2022.

Students from across the Pennsylvania system are now welcome to apply for the program, which will focus on interdisciplinary water issues facing the sustainability of the Danube Delta. The students selected to participate will make a significant contribution to scientific research that seeks to conserve the ecosystems of this vital waterway.

“We conduct research in ways that engage diverse governmental and nongovernmental partners across regions of the world in order to maximize impact and respond to the real-world issue, the sustainability of the Danube and its deltas,” said Associate Professor at PSU-LV. Director of Biology and CHANCE Jacqueline McLaughlin. “While conducting rigorous research activities with our undergraduate students, we also train them to be future researchers, communicating their findings via publications and presentations, while monitoring the effectiveness of our unique pedagogical approaches through research evaluation and publication.”

University students who will be second and third year students and seniors during the Spring 2022 semester and who are eager to undertake undergraduate research are eligible to apply. Ten eligible candidates will be selected to participate in the two-part national bi-national programme, which will include seven weeks of online teaching in April and May and three weeks of in-person learning in Romania in July. Students from the University of Bucharest will also participate.

Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2022. To apply, visit www.chancepsu.org/romania2022/application-details.

Selected students will embark on a fully funded trip to Romania that includes internal transportation, housing, meals, research facilities, materials, entrances to excursions, and planned cultural activities. International and summer travel fees are not included, but scholarships will be available, along with guidance on the scholarship application process.

Whether online or in the field, students will participate in an interdisciplinary research supervised by some of Romania’s top researchers from the University of Bucharest. Penn State faculty mentors will work closely with students, and through focused professional development activities, binational student groups will design independent experiences; collecting, recording and interpreting data; And presenting the results of their research in an international symposium.

Through the programme, students will have the opportunity to enhance their networking, research skills, ‘soft’ workforce skills, and global competencies. In addition, they will be able to build their resume and prepare themselves for the next steps in their academic and professional life.

“Previous research has indicated that participation in CHANCE undergraduate research and conservation experiences contributes significantly to students’ overall persistence in STEM majors and professional STEM fields, as well as students’ interest in conducting scholarly research,” said McLaughlin. The CHANCE model provides evidence that CHANCE Fellows continue to be involved in solving environmental problems throughout their lives and many pursue careers related to sustainability. “

For additional information about the program, email McLaughlin at jshea@psu.edu, or visit www.chancepsu.org.

About the Penn State CHANCE

The Penn State CHANCE program is an outstanding educational model that combines study abroad with embedded opportunities for undergraduate research in environmental sustainability. The goal of CHANCE is to prepare globally minded citizens who understand the importance of restoring and protecting the biodiversity of our planet’s ecosystems, and who are equipped to meet the challenges of our time such as energy, air, food, water and climate change in their lives. As ecosystems transcend national borders, CHANCE strives to identify sustainable answers to environmental realities from a global perspective.


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