Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program

I am writing to let you know about an exciting academic opportunity for your
undergraduate students in the field of conservation studies.  The Smithsonian
Institution and George Mason University are partnering to offer
the “Smithsonian-Mason Semester.”  This 16 credit program offers
students “hands on” experience at a world class research institution, living
and working among conservation scientists and highly endangered species. 

This is a highly focused, academically intense, experience that presents
conservation from a multidisciplinary approach.  Students enrolled in a four
year degree program might consider this program in lieu of a “study abroad”
program to enrich their undergraduate program.  Students who have
completed this program have been highly successful in securing internships
and we expect many to pursue graduate study.

I hope you will share the enclosed literature with students who may be
interested.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need more
information about curriculum content for transfer purposes.  If I can
reciprocate by letting our students know of opportunities at your institution, I
will be happy to do so.

We are recruiting now for the Fall 2011 semester.    For more information, an
application, and a video, please see:
and the recent article at:


Anne Marchant, PhD, Associate Director
Mason Center for Conservation Studies
c/o Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630


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