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Penn State Eberly College of Science Collaborates with Chang Gung University to Create a Summer Undergraduate Research Exchange Program

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Chang_Gung_University_July_20162016 July - There was once a day when students from Taiwan flocked to the United States for advanced studies in biomedical science and research.  Now, not so much.  Dr. Robert Wang, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Chang Gung University, has been trying to encourage his undergraduate students to leave Taiwan to explore science in the United States.  In order to facilitate research experiences for his students, he went in search of partners.  He found one in Dr. Jamie J. Arnold.  One of the movers and shakers in the Cameron Laboratory, Jamie has trained numerous undergraduate students in the lab.  Many of these students are now leaders in their chosen professions.  Jamie provided leadership and assumed major responsibility for development of the research exchange program.  In collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, in particular Krista Miller, Global Experiences Coordinator in the Office of Science Engagement, and Masume Assaf, Director of International Student and Scholar Advising in PSU Global Programs, Jamie established the process used for students to apply, be interviewed and admitted.

The inaugural class of three, arrived on campus on Friday, July 8, 2016, escorted by Dr. Robert Wang.  The program begins officially on Monday, July 11, 2016.  The students will work in the Cameron, Girirajan and Holland laboratories.  Shown below are: Jamie Arnold standing with the students, Robert Wang and Krista Miller.  It is expected that each year the program will grow and will soon include PSU students doing research in Taiwan.

Thank you, Jamie, for such an amazing contribution to the global outreach activities of ECoS and PSU!  Welcome to Happy Valley, Bowen, Irene and Yen-Yu!