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STEM Programs Abroad
Step out of the classroom . . .
. . . and develop practical STEM-related skills on a hands-on study abroad program. Learn from scientists at work in the field and practice research techniques and data analysis. SIT programs give you the chance to examine a critical issue such as climate change or global health in a location deeply impacted by it. That’s why STEM students choose SIT.
Did you know?
34% of SIT Study Abroad students are STEM majors.
I am now working full time at the University of Utah Hospital as a heart failure and transplant study coordinator. I know I wouldn’t have been able to get this job without the independent research experience the SIT program provided me.
—Maegan Joy Johnson, University of Utah, SIT Jordan
SIT Study Abroad is the pioneer in experiential, field-based programs abroad. On our STEM programs, students shadow medical practitioners, intern at NGOs doing relief work, map geological formations, use mist nets and conduct species counts, design engineering and digital technology projects, and more.
A number of our STEM programs offer internships. On these immersive internships, you’ll develop professional skills and get hands-on experience in an international setting. Sample internships include:
- Assisting research on HIV, TB, and malaria at Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Centers for Disease Control in Kenya
- Interning in the malnutrition treatment corner of the RN Medical College Hospital in Udaipur, India
- Helping the Red Cross with different community projects in Tucumán province in Argentina
- Monitoring populations of critically endangered lemurs and building local capacity in the Anjanaharibe Special Reserve with the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Madagascar
- Assisting epidemiologists with the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network in Jordan
- Working at a rural or urban hospital or a community health center or clinic in South Africa
- Helping Ocean Planet with their marine conservation efforts in Tasmania
Our faculty are experts in their fields. They are clinical and field researchers, professors, physicians, engineers, conservationists, and authors. Most are from the country in which the program is based and facilitate unparalleled access to local perspectives and knowledge.
Alyson Dagang, PhD, Academic Director
A California native, Alyson completed her BA in international development with an emphasis in Latin American studies at American University in Washington, DC, and her PhD in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Her research, carried out with local farmers, examined biophysical and socioeconomic aspects of wood and fruit tree repopulation of grazed pastures in central Panama. She has served as SIT Study Abroad associate academic dean for Latin America. She is pleased to be back as academic director of this program, which she also directed from 2002 to 2005 and 2007 to 2009. Alyson was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Panamanian province of Panama Oeste. She has worked on projects focused on gender, agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, community development, environmental education, forestry, and conservation.
Steve Wandiga, PhD, Academic Director
Steve is a senior research officer at Kenya Medical Research Center (KEMRI) in Kisumu where he has led the tuberculosis research team and coordinated a weekly science seminar series for visiting scientists. He serves on the steering committee of the East African Consortium for Clinical Research and is co-chair of the TB Stakeholder Community Engagement Working Group and a member of the TB Clinical Trials Infrastructure Working Group. Steve has also coordinated the East Africa Healthy Pregnancy, Birth, Growth, and Development Knowledge Initiative that is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Steve holds a PhD in medical research, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and a Master of Arts in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi. A Kenyan citizen, Steve lives in Kisumu, Kenya, with his spouse, June Kasyoki, and their two girls.
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD, Academic Director
Beth received her PhD in geosciences from the University of California Santa Barbara (2005) and was a faculty member and Earth science education specialist. Beth has worked in geoscience and education in Nepal since 2000. Her research has focused on the intersection of plate tectonic movements from below and climate forcing from above, and the resulting river, hill slope, and glacial processes on the surface. Since 2008, she has worked with Tribhuvan University faculty to install and maintain a GPS station network in central Nepal to help monitor Earth-surface movements. She led summer programs for MS students and science teachers to study watershed issues in the Annapurna region of Nepal. One of her passions is helping people understand geohazards and how societies can combine sustainable development with risk reduction. She has co-led programs for Pacific Northwest educators to increase their understanding of earthquake/tsunami hazards and mitigation strategies and has taught Himalayan geology and earthquake risk reduction in Kathmandu. The Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program, which Beth directs, received the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s 2016 National Award in Excellence for Educational Outreach to Schools. She is a speaker in the EarthScope Speaker Series for the 2017–18 academic year. Beth lives in Colorado but travels frequently to Nepal.
“Opportunistic Pathogens in Roofcaptured Rainwater Samples, Determined Using Quantitative PCR,” in Water Research
Henry Brandes, University of Colorado-Boulder, SIT Australia
“An Ethical Framework for Public Health Nudges: A Case Study of Incentives as Nudges for Vaccination in Rural India,” in Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics
Julika Kaplan, Rice University, SIT India
“Cesarean Section and Natural Birth: The Opinions of Health Provinces in the Province of Buenos Aires,” in ISALUD Journal
Jacqueline Chipkin, Duke University, SIT Argentina