To be eligible for participation in this program, students must be:
U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate (B.A., B.Sc.) or graduate degree (M.Sc., Ph.D.).
In addition to these requirements, students should:
- Possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
- Have completed 2 or more years of undergraduate study.
- Be a science major, with preference given to students in Zoology, Conservation Biology, Marine Biology, Fisheries, and related fields.
- Possess scuba diving certification, or be willing to take a scuba course. Funds will be awarded for non-certified participants to complete a basic scuba diving course prior to departure. This intensive field course includes daily scuba diving on coral reefs.
- Be willing to forego consumption of alcoholic beverages during the program. We will be in a Middle Eastern country in which Islamic practice prohibits consumption of alcohol. We also will scuba dive daily, an activity that does not mix with consuming alcohol. Participants must agree to forego consuming alcohol for the duration of this intensive program. If you feel uncomfortable with this idea, this program is not for you.
Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Travel, Housing, Fees
Program fees: Auburn Abroad fee of $540 payable to the Office of International Education at Auburn University. Covers processing of forms, a pre-departure workshop for students, enrollment in an Emergency Medical Assistance plan through MEDEX/Global coverage, and awarding of summer course credits. Students in need of financial aid can submit federal financial aid forms to determine eligibility. Contact Dr. Chadwick for details.
Students participating in this program will receive:
- Housing and meals in the Marine Science Station dormitory.
- Transportation between the Atlanta airport and the Marine Science Station in Jordan.
- Cultural excursions and course-related travel within Jordan.
- Support for basic scuba training prior to departure, for participants who are not scuba-certified.
- In short, all travel and program expenses in Jordan are covered, except for miscellaneous personal expenses.
Students must submit the following items for a complete application:
- A resume or curriculum vitae describing your academic and work experience, including any science-related jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify.
- A one-page essay, describing your interests and career goals, the reasons why you should be selected for participation in the AU Jordan Program, how participation in the program will influence your career development, and which areas of research within the program you are interested in working on and why. For possible research topics, go to the homepage and view the link to the detailed program description.
- A copy of current academic transcripts (unofficial or official copies are accepted)
- Two letters of recommendation that should comment on your motivation, aptitude for research, openness to new cultures and situations, and ability to work independently and in a group.
All items must be received by January 15, 2010. Please send all items to:
Dr. Nanette E. Chadwick,
Department of Biological Sciences
101 Rouse Life Science Building
Auburn, AL 36849-5407