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A&M Peru ABS Amazon Field School
Puerto Maldonado, Peru; Tambopata, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
Homepage: Click to visit
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2015 02/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2015 06/03/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Faculty-Led
Academic Area:
Agriculture and Life Sciences, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Geosciences Academic Department: Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Pre-requisites:
No
Language courses available:
No
Language requirement:
Yes
Language of instruction:
English
Program Leader:
Donald Brightsmith
Program Advisor:
Larry Komrower Housing: Hotel/Hostel
Open to non-majors:
Yes Classification: Grad Student, undergrad
Additional features: Research
Program Description:

Peru ABS Amazon Field School

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Donald Brightsmith
Assistant Professor 
Veterinary Pathobiology
dbrightsmith@cvm.tamu.edu  

Dr. Amanda Stronza
Associate Professor
Recreation Parks and Tourism Sciences
astronza@tamu.edu  

Dr. Lee Fitzgerald
Professor
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
lfitzgerald@tamu.edu

 
Study Abroad Advisor

Larry Komrower
lkomrower@tamu.edu
979.845.0544

Student with Macaw, Peru

 

Students and faculty at lodge,

 

Students and faculty at lodge,

 

Macaw, Peru

 

 

May 15 - June 3, 2015
Puerto Maldonato and Tambopata, Peru

About
 
ABS Field School in the Peruvian Amazon introduces students to the social and biological realities of conservation and research in Latin America. Students have firsthand investigation into key resource management systems, and apply conservation research techniques. Students complete case studies of important resources found in lowland tropical forests of southeastern Peru. Students interact with a mix of native peoples, colonists, conservation organizations, loggers, gold miners, and eco-tourism experts. For more detailed information, visit http://biodiversity.tamu.edu/courses/amazon-field-school/

Note: Moderate level of physical condition including hiking and ascending/descending steep stairs are included in the program.  

 
Credit

All students are required to take a total of 4 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • RPTS/WFSC/VPAT 689 : Special Topics in ABS Amazon Field School (4 cr.)
  • RPTS/WFSC/VTPB 489 : Special Topics in ABS Amazon Field School (4 cr.)
Eligibility
  • Minimum 2.0 GPR and good academic standing
  • Approval of instructor
  • Must attend all pre-departure meetings
All graduate and upper division undergraduate students with a strong interest in the social and ecological dimensions of biodiversity conservation are eligible. Students from the social sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students from Texas A&M and any other SEC University are eligible.
 
Highlights
  • Tambopata Research Center
  • Amazon River boat excursions
  • Eco-tourism lodges
  • Hikes in the rainforest
  • Posada Amazones native community
  • Macaw and parrot conservation site
Cost
 
The estimated cost for this course is $2800. This cost does not include tuition for 4 credit hours*, airfare to Puerto Maldonado Peru, or meals during 3 days in town. All food, lodging, and local transportation will be provided. SEC students participating in this program will be charged the same program fees and related expenses as TAMU students. Students may either cover the costs themselves and/or seek funding from their department and other on-campus and external sources.  Study abroad scholarships and $1000 scholarships from the ABS program are available for TAMU students.

*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.  Check rates at:
http://sbs.tamu.edu/accounts-billing/tuition-fees/estimator/.

 
Funding
 
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office, or website here: http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/?go=financial_resources

Scholarships:
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers two scholarship programs: The International Education Fee Scholarship and the Study Abroad Fellowship. Both of these scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit: https://sfaid.tamu.edu/uwideapp/#Program13

Financial Aid:
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.

 
How to Apply

The Amazon Field School has limited, highly competitive, spaces available. Applicants must complete the online application portal, accessed on this page. In addition, they should submit a CV and letter of interest to the program leader, Dr. Donald Brightsmith (dbrightsmith@cvm.tamu.edu).

Early decision deadline: 1 November 2014
Regular deadline: 1 March 2015