New Mexico Teachers Offered Summer Course in Brazil, Marchy 14, 2001

SOCORRO, N.M., March 14, 2001 -- New Mexico Tech's Master of Science Teaching (MST) degree program recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hayes Program to take 12 New Mexico teachers on a study trip this coming summer to Brazil.

The five-week program, which runs from June 9 until July 13, is open to all K-12 teachers in the state.

The summer program's focus of study in Brazil will be air quality analysis, basic ecology, and Brazilian ecosystems.

Clinton P. Richardson, associate professor of environmental engineering and chair of that department at New Mexico Tech, will lead discussion in these topic areas in the form of two 3-credit- hour classes. Completion of these classes may be applied as credits toward a master's degree in science teaching from New Mexico Tech.

The group of selected teachers will travel extensively in Brazil with stops scheduled in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brazilian Amazonia and the Pantanel Wilderness.

Sightseeing excursions and exploration of Brazilian cultural activities are planned in conjunction with field studies. Site visits will be made to Brazilian schools, as well.

The Fulbright-Hayes grant supports teacher travel costs and room and board for participants in the program. Participant selection is competitive.

Application forms for the summer study trip in Brazil may be accessed by calling the MST office at (505) 835-5678, or on the Internet at Application deadline is
March 25. Don't miss this exciting adventure!