LOCK HAVEN - Lock Haven University is now one of the few universities in the United States to host student recipients of Brazil's new prestigious mobility program, an exclusive year-long study abroad opportunity for Brazilian science students.
Camila Hermes, a pre-veterinary student from the University of Passo Fundo, is attending LHU in the spring and fall 2013 semesters through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. She is LHU's first BSMP student, and among an exclusive group of students chosen for the opportunity.
"We are thrilled to welcome Camila Hermes," said Dr. Donna Wilson, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs. "Applying to host students for the program is extremely competitive; our selection as a host institution is yet more evidence of the quality of our programs in the sciences."
The BSMP is an initiative by the government of Brazil to "grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world's best universities," according to the program. BSMP allows students to study in academic fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for one year. The program is a joint effort of the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology through their respective funding agencies - CAPES and CNPq - and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Rosana Campbell, LHU's Director of the Institute of International Studies, is excited to be among the universities working in conjunction with the BSMP.
"This is one of the largest initiatives for international education in the last decade, and it speaks very highly of our institution that we will be a part of it," Campbell said. "We were thrilled when we received the news that LHU would be a host institution."
In addition to taking biology and chemistry courses at LHU, Hermes is also looking forward to an internship at a local veterinary clinic. LHU Biology professor Dr. Carina Howell will advise Hermes.
"We are truly excited to welcome Camila to our science program," Howell said. "Having outstanding international students study with our students is deeply enriching in both directions. I hope Camila serves as an inspiration for more of our students to study abroad."
First initiated by Brazil's current president Dilma Rousseff, BSMP has gained global attention and was recently featured in The Economist. By 2015, about 100,000 Brazilian students, both undergrad and doctoral candidates, will have spent time studying their subject abroad, according to the article. Additionally, The Economist mentions the enthusiasm of universities abroad to welcome Brazilian students - "The United States has already signed up to take 20,000; Britain, France, Germany and Italy will take 6,000-10,000 each."
According to a report by the IIE, "the leading U.S. host institutions are University of California - Davis, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Iowa State University, University of Colorado - Boulder, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, and Western Michigan University, each hosting more than 30 Brazilian undergraduate scholarship students."
Further information about the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program is available at: www.iie.org/Programs/Brazil-Scientific-Mobility.