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HBCU-UP ACE SUM2014 Expression of Interest Form


Summer 2014 in China

Cultural & Academic Engagement Opportunity


We are now accepting Expressions of Interest from full-time Southern University and A&M College undergraduate STEM majors (must be U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization process) interested in a summer research opportunity that includes spending 4 weeks in a sustainability-based cultural and academic learning experience at Guizhou University (GZU) in Guiyang, China.  Students will be required to enroll in two academic courses, earning 3 credit hours for each – Chinese Language (4 weeks) and Introduction to Sustainability (8 weeks).  Grades earned from both classes will appear as Summer 2014 credits on the student’s official SU transcript.  Students will also participate in Chinese cultural activities and sustainable science field experiences. 


Specifically, there are three phases to this summer research opportunity:

Phase 1 - Study in China Preparation and Training (January – May, 2014)

Selected students will receive pre-trip training on research protocols and expectations; international travel procedures; GZU academic policies and procedures; Chinese culture, history, and customs; and dissemination expectations (before, during and after the trip).

Phase 2 - On-site Study in China (~May 17 – June 17, 2014)

Four weeks on-site study in China will be conducted in collaboration with GZU, a collaborative partner with the HBCU-UP ACE Project.  In addition to taking two academic courses, field trips will expose students to the Chinese culture and sustainable science. Students will experience first-hand the similarities and differences that exist and must be considered within the global context of academic, social and business settings. 

Phase 3 - Post-Trip Research and Course Completion (~June 18 – July 31, 2014)

Upon returning to the United States, students will work with pre-assigned research mentors to finalize project reports and to prepare for final oral and poster presentations. Students must also complete remaining summer session requirements for the Introduction to Sustainability course.


The total cost of participating in this summer research opportunity is approximately $6,800:


Through collaboration with various funding sources, the SU Global Sustainability Initiative will arrange to pay up to approximately $6,000: 

·         Group travel (round-trip airline ticket to and from China and ground transportation in China)

·         GZU campus lodging and meals

·         Tuition and fees associated with both academic courses


 Each student must arrange to pay approximately $750-$800:

·         Passport*

·         Visa*

·         Immunizations/vaccinations*

·         Travel Insurance*

·         Introduction to Sustainability textbook* 


*Details provided later. In addition to this amount, each student is responsible for purchasing personal items necessary for the trip and for securing and paying for lodging and meals upon return from China as needed to complete summer school. 


Financial aid may be available to assist in defraying some of your costs.  However, you must contact staff in the Financial Aid Office to accepting your Spring 2014 financial aid offer. 



To be eligible for this cultural and academic opportunity a student must: 1) be a Southern University full-time undergraduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75; and 2) be interested in sustainability research (entering freshman and seniors that anticipate graduating in Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 are not eligible to apply). 


Please note that Non-STEM students (Economics, English, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, etc.) are also eligible to participate in this summer research opportunity but must make personal arrangements to cover all associated financial expenses.  As indicated above, financial aid may be available to assist in defraying some of your costs.



If interested in this summer research opportunity, please complete and return the attached form via e-mail ( or fax (225-771-5231) by midnight on November 1, 2013.  An informational meeting will be scheduled shortly thereafter with individuals submitting this form to discuss additional specifics regarding this opportunity and the application process.  NOTE:  STEM students are those majoring in Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Urban Forestry.




Summer 2013 Research Experience Video

Summer 2012 Research Experience Video


CLICK HERE to download the Summer 2014 in China Expression of Interest Form.