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Faculty, Students Make Global Research Impact

by Elizabeth Chapin
SDSU students partnered with students at Xiamen University.
SDSU students partnered with students at Xiamen University.

In order to address a global problem like climate change, faculty and students at CSU Dominguez Hills and San Diego State are collaborating with international peers.

San Diego State students recently participated in a two-week study abroad program in China that was focused on global climate change and vulnerability of natural resources. Students were matched with peers at Xiamen University, and together they attended classroom lectures, group discussions, and trips to ecosystem sites.

CSU Dominguez Hills received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that will fully fund the opportunity for 12 science majors to collaborate with an Australian research center on climate change.

The CSUDH grant comes from the NSF’s International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program. IRES supports the development of future scientists and engineers who are globally-engaged and capable of performing in an international research environment.

“International field experiences for students are transformative,” said CSUDH Associate Professor of Biology Terry McGlynn, who since 1996 has been taking students—many who now have successful science and teaching careers—on summer research trips to Costa Rica through another IRES program. “It’s clear that having this kind of experience matters.”

Dominguez Hills isn’t the only campus to take advantage of the global grant—San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Humboldt and San Diego also have current international research projects funded by IRES grants.

Check them out at the NSF’s website here.