Funded Immersion Summer Experience in Brazil!

EXPLORING MULTIPLE FACETS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN BRAZIL

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THE TRIP TO BRAZIL WILL HAPPEN IN JUNE 2020 AND IT IS FULLY FUNDED!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP @ malu.jorge@vanderbilt.edu

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Brief Description

Students will explore several aspects of environmental issues related to land use in Brazil, a country that ranks top in biodiversity and natural land conversion, and where the leading faculty has been conducting her ecological research for many decades. Students will travel to Brazil for 10 days, during the Summer of 2020 , where they will visit native and rural land, have hands-on experience in ecological data collection, interact with local people that depend on distinct land use activities (farming, cattle ranching, private and public eco-tourism), and uniquely shape and conduct their own immersive project, combining their experiences, skills and aims.

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Immersion pathways

This experience should allow students to develop projects in any of the four immersive pathways:

1. International: since it is in Brazil, it naturally relates to Portuguese language and Brazilian culture.
2. Research: since the leading faculty develops her own research, projects can be developed, especially in applied ecology (leading faculty area of expertise), but also in other disciplines (upon finding the appropriate co-mentor)
3. Creative Expression: the multitude of natural and human elements that students will interact with certainly allows the production of many different types of creative expression
4.Civic and Professional: interaction with local people and with their environmental issues allows the development of environmentally-friendly, community-based projects with the local people. Ot her socially-oriented community-based projects can also be developed (such as teaching English to local children at local public schools)

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Timeline for the Immersion experience

Spring 2020: weekly 1-hour meeting, as preparation for the trip to Brazil;

Summer 2020: 10 days in Central Brazil (Mato Grosso do Sul State) visiting three Brazilian biomes (Atlantic Forest, Cerrado and Pantanal), and private land were agriculture and eco-tourism are conducted;

Fall 2021: project development and possible conclusion (the project may continue throughout the Spring of 2022)

Suggestion for relevant coursework

Intensive Elementary Portuguese (PORT 1103) suggestion to all students; but more specifically for those interested in developing an international project related to Portuguese or Brazilian culture;

Intermediate Portuguese (PORT 2203) for those interested in developing an international project related to Portuguese language or Brazilian culture;

Ecology (BSCI 2238) for those interested in developing a research project on applied ecology;

Conservation Biology (BSCI 3233) for those interested in developing a research project on applied ecology;

Environment and Society (SOC 1030) for those interested in developing a research project on environmental sociology;

Human Ecology (SOC 3315) for those interested in developing a research project on environmental sociology;

Students pursuing a project in Creative Expression or Civic and Professional should present a course plan at the end of the Spring of 2020 that includes at least one course/semester related to the subject and necessary skills to execute their project.

Possible outcomes

Scientific paper, blog, documentary, photo exhibition, long-term environmental project with local community

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