Dear College of Sciences Students,
There’s a Chinese saying, “Better to travel 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books.” If you haven’t considered study abroad yet, I urge you to do so. International experiences are often life-changing educational experiences.
Important discoveries come from scientists around the world. In addition, scientific industries are now global enterprises. Although it is easy to get lured into the belief that “science is science, wherever it is done”, the rest of the world does not always do things the way we do in the United States. Cultural differences can have a major impact on the success of research collaborations or business operations. Thus, whether you are planning to work at a college or go into industry after graduation, an international experience is invaluable. This experience is so important that in certain programs, such as Homeland Security and Environmental Sciences, all students are now required to have an international experience as part of the degree requirements.
It is an exhilarating feeling to leave behind everything familiar, and to develop new friend, see new sites, eat new food, and experience new cultures as you explore a new country.
A new International Coordinator position has been created to serve students in the College of Sciences. Maureen Crawford is our new International Programs and Internship Coordinator, and she looks forward to talking with you about the many international opportunities available for science students. To learn more about these exciting opportunities, please contact Maureen at: firstname.lastname@example.org (619) 594-1813.
Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Sciences