Biological Sciences Internships

Lab Internships at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America

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Internship Placements at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America in Biological Research

Every year, the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) welcomes students from OHIO, other universities in Ecuador and international institutions to complete internships at its facility. Participants are able to analyze biological samples and data collected by CISeAL researchers. Examples of research topics include:

  • Mosquito biology, physiology, and control
  • Molecular biological techniques for eradicating malaria in Ecuador
  • Chagas disease molecular biology, vector population dynamics, and ecology
  • Social and biomedical program assessment

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CISeAL is a new state-of-the-art facility that is unique in Ecuador and the region. The 100,976 square ft. facility includes biosafety level 2 and 3 laboratories, a small animal facility, climate controlled laboratories, offices for researchers, technicians, and students, a clinical research suite, and a data management center. The experts affiliated with this center help students learn how to do sophisticated research (or engage in other projects) with significant local impacts in a new country.

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Deadline extended to March 1!
 

DATES
Students may choose to participate for a minimum of two weeks during the summer. The dates are variable and will be established based on student interest and availability of researchers in Ecuador.

Arrangements may be made for other periods of times outside of summer.

The lab experience may be added on to another study away program in Ecuador, such as the Tropical Disease Research and Service Learning Program, Community and Pulbic Health Program, or the Nursing in Ecuador Program.

 

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
Students are placed with host families around Quito, and the host families provide meals. PUCE staff coordinate the placements.

EXCURSIONS
Students will receive an orientation and tour of Quito as well as another day trip, typically to a location such as Otavalo Indian Market or Mindo Cloud Forest.

COURSES AND CREDITS

Two credit hours will be assigned for the first two weeks of the program. Additional credits may be available upon request (up to one hour per week).

Students will work with program director Janet Duerr to select from the following list of courses:

BIOS 4910 – 2 hours

BIOS 4930 – up to 2 hours

BIOS 4940 - up to 9 hours

Graduate students may enroll in:

BIOS 6820

BIOS 6950

BIOS 8950

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ELIGIBILITY

Ohio University students and students from other universities must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to participate. Internship placements will be determined on a one-on-one basis and be informed by the backgrounds of the students. Interviews will generally need to be conducted to determine if an internship experience is appropriate. No Spanish language experience is necessary. We will work with staff at PUCE/CISeAL to make sure placements are with individuals who have a high level of command of English.

COSTS

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet

OHIO University Students:  Complete the GOIS Online Program Application

Year three and four Heritage College medical students applying for faculty directed programs must also obtain and send a letter from your clinical education office confirming that you have permission to include the program in your schedule and that you are in good academic standing.

Academic and Judicial Checks: An academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted before application and prior to departure.

Non-OHIO University students:  follow the Non-Ohio Graduate or Undergraduate Instructions to enroll as a non-degree student at Ohio University before you apply for the Ecuador Internship Program.

Non Ohio Students can e-mail Global Health Coordinator Megan Massey for help with the enrollment process.

Undergraduates: Follow this link to enroll as non degree student before you apply to the Tropical Disease Research Program

 

Graduate students: Follow  this link to enroll as non degree student before you apply to the Tropical Disease Research Program

 

*Once students have been notified of their nomination into the program, students will have two weeks to accept or decline their nomination through the GOIS system.  

*A non refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance into the program. The deposit will be applied to the program costs and deducted from the participant’s bill.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

OHIO Students can apply to the Office of Global Opportunities Summer Travel Grants and other funding opportunities available through the Office of Global Opportunities.

OHIO CHSP and Heritage College students can apply to Global Health Travel Awards.

Students participating on this program are eligible for the ITDI Travel Award.

INFORMATION ON ECUADOR

https://ecuador.travel/

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ec.html



HEALTH AND SAFETY

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the US State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination. Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership ID: 11BCAS000010.

ENTRY AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.

It is each student’s individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to his or her personal situation. In Ecuador, a visa would be required for stays beyond 90 days.

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO's Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.

 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Janet Duerr, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Lori Lammert, Director of Operations, Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute