Halemaumau crater steams in the Kilauea caldera
In this context of dynamic geology and an ecology in turmoil, Hawaii, in recent decades, has embarked on one of the world's foremost campaigns to shake off its dependence on fossil fuels. The abundance of wind, geothermal, and distributed solar resources present unique opportunities for renewable energy technologies. Indeed, the NOAA Atmospheric Observatory on Mauna Loa played a crucial role in the discovery of global climate change. The "Big Island" of Hawaii, our destination, serves as an accessible microcosm of Hawaii's distinctive geology, ecology, culture, and technological innovations.
Sulfur crystals grow at fumarole near Kilauea caldera
Students spend eight full days on Hawaii, hiking, snorkeling, and visiting sites of interest expected to include:
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home of Kilauea caldera, Kiluea Iki, and the Chain of Craters Road.
- Puna Geothermal Ventures geothermal power facility
- Hawaii's last black sand beach at Punaluu
- The historic hill of refuge at Puuhonua o Honaunau Heiau
- The NOAA Mauna Loa Atmospheric Observatory
- The Mauna Kea Observatories' Visitor Information Center
- The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens
- Akaka Falls State Park
- Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority
Travel is from March 17 - 26. We arrive and depart from the Hilo International Airport. Transportation is by rental vehicle. Lodging is a combination of tent camping in improved campsites and hostels. Breakfasts and lunches are provided, as are most dinners.
The "hill of refuge" at Puuhonua o Honaunau
This program is open to all highly academically motivated University of Maryland undergraduates who are seeking a life-changing experience in a unique learning environment, however space is very limited, so we expect applications to be competitive. Students must have a strong interest in biological, physical, or environmental sciences.
Students will enroll either in:
- GEOL388I: Field Studies II (3 credits, satisfies GEOL Prof-track elective) or
- CPSP359I: Scholars Discovery Research (3 credits GenEd-DSSP)
Bullethead parrotfish at Two Step snorkeling site
- Dr. John Merck, associate director of the Science and Global Change program, and Undergraduate Director for the Department of Geology. Dr. Merck has previously participated in travel studies to the Galapagos Islands, Arizona, Belize, Alaska, and Australia.
- Jessica Wilke, assistant director of the Life Sciences program, and veteran of travel study programs to Belize, Alaska, Australia.
- Lauren Gilmartin, alumna and graduate assistant for the Environment, Technology, and Economy program, is a student in Architecture and Community Planning. She previously studied in Rome for a semester, examining architecture and the environment in European cities. Lauren has four years of professional experience, concentrating in sustainable building systems and urban planning.
The program fee of $2200.00 includes tuition, lodging, most meals, admission fees, and transportation on the island. Students are responsible for personal expenses, some dinners, and their own airfare. Organizers will suggest a group flight itinerary that each student is responsible for purchasing directly from a travel agent. Although flight costs are not guaranteed and will vary, we estimate round-trip airfare for this program from the Washington, DC area to Hilo will be approximately $1200. Once admitted, you should expect to purchase the flight for the program by Christmas.
Green turtle basks on black sand at Punaluu
Applications will not be processed or reviewed by the faculty director until they are complete.
- Complete the application information at this link and return completed form to Ms. Jessica Wilke (at one of the addresses below).
- Include a $250 non-refundable deposit (the deposit will be refunded only if you are not accepted into the program, or the program is cancelled); checks should be made out to the "University of Maryland."
- Include a transcript of each University you've attended (a printed, unofficial transcript is OK)
- Provide the name and contact information of a University faculty or staff member who is willing to serve as a reference.
- Attach a brief statement of purpose expressing your interests in this particular course.
College Park Scholars-Life Sciences
1212 Centreville Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-0528 FAX: 301-314-9843 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applications and a $250 deposit (check payable to the University of Maryland) is due by 3 pm Friday December 2, 2016 to Jessica Wilke (1212 Centreville Hall or 1125 Cumberland Hall).
- Upon notification of acceptance, students will promptly enroll in CPSP359I or GEOL388I.
- Full payment of the balance, $1950.00 will be billed to student account for enrolled students.
- Students will be responsible for purchasing airline ticket. Travel organizers will provide a recommended itinerary.
For program and course information, please contact Dr. John Merck at email@example.com.