Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
The Tropical Disease Research and Service Learning Program (TDR) aims to provide students with the following opportunities:
- Participate in a cross-cultural communication learning experience.
- Participate in service-learning activities directly benefiting the communities we will be working with.
- Conduct multidisciplinary research in underserved communities of Ecuador while exploring new contexts of social change, housing improvement, economic development, health and wellness, gender equity, art, and culture.
Research Intensive or Culture Intensive tracks
The program offers two different types of involvement, Research Intensive and Culture Intensive.
Research Intensive (multidisciplinary)
Students work with faculty mentors and graduate assistants on developing a research project from the ground up. Defining objectives, methodologies, human subject research protocols, detailed project planning, budgeting, and remote interaction with in-country counterparts. The project's implementation and data collection processes will take place in Loja Province, Ecuador. This format allows the students to participate in data analysis activities, writing, and submitting a peer-reviewed publication that may be presented at local, national, or international conferences.
Students will attend organizational meetings, complete the human subject research training, and learn about the research preparation process related to the research and service-learning projects. Later, they will assist in the project implementation process led by others in the field. The projects will mostly focus on community service putting classroom knowledge into action. No expectation of further involvement after the program.
- Get to know local institutions relevant to national health administration and research.
- Explore alternative perspectives on health and medicine (Andean, rural, and Ecuadorian) one-day workshop.
- Create original audiovisual content.
- Research and service-learning activities in the field.
- Spanish crash course.
Service Learning activities
Multiple service-learning activities developed in consultation with the communities. These may include:
- Educational talks related to nutrition and disease prevention.
- Work with locals in organic gardening production.
- Work with activities o empower groups of teens and young adults to improve health conditions.
- Assist in anti-Chagas home improvement activities.
- Help to produce a theater play for the local school
The number of semester credits available will vary with length of participation and will match the student's academic program needs. A non-credit option is available for non-OHIO students.
Below is a selection of courses that students can enroll in (additional courses may be arranged upon request).
Undergraduate Students - Minimum 5 hours
|BIOS||4910||Internship: International Research||1-3|
|BIOS||4930||Topics in Biological Sciences: Tropical Disease Research||1-2|
|COMMS||1100||Communication Among Cultures (Tier 2 course)||3|
|COMMS||4800||Capstone Seminar in Communication (Tier 3 course)||3|
|COMMS||4900||Special Topics in Comm Studies||3|
|JOUR||4900||Special Topics in Journalism||3|
|MDIA||4900||Special Topics in Media Arts and Studies||3|
|T3||4103c||Undergraduate Service Learning in Ecuador (Tier 3 course)||5|
Multiple sections may be taken to reach the minimum of 5 credit hours.
- Applications for TDR are closed.
Funding opportunities for our programs can be sought here
For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Mario Grijalva email@example.com