The Global Experience Fund, established for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, provides resources in support of students and faculty gaining global experiences related to food and agriculture.
Hiram Larew, who earned a masters degree in botany and plant pathology and a doctorate in entomology at Oregon State University, is the lead donor for the endowment and his gift was matched by the ER Jackman Friends and Alumni Board and the Dean of Agricultural Sciences. Several other donors have also contributed to the endowment. Dr. Larew said he seeks to increase international opportunities for students and faculty.
The endowment, established through the OSU Foundation, provides funds to support students who wish to enrich their studies with life-changing international experiences. Since June 2013, awards ranging from $200-$2000 averaging $1000 each have been awarded to students doing International Internships; often these funds were augmented by awards directly from the ER Jackman Fund. Additional funds have been used to support students participating on Exploring World Agricultural educational tours, international service-learning trips, and to participate in and host the IAAS (International Association of Agriculture and related Sciences) National Summit.
Support to students from the Global Experience Fund is making a difference. Read below how Dominee Cagle spent the summer of 2018 at the Dan Girang Field Centre in Borneo and states “Overall, this was an incredibly valuable experience.” And, read about Kevin Keys’ International Internship at the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust in South Africa.
With the ever-increasing importance of international engagement to Oregon’s agriculture, it’s critical that faculty and students build awareness of and involvement in global agriculture, “My intent has been pretty simple," says Larew "I hope that other alums and donors will join me in building the Global Experience Fund endowment as a way of ensuring that the College is able to support Oregon agriculture and natural resources which increasingly depends on international engagement. During the pandemic-caused pause in international work, I nonetheless hope that we will continue to grow the Endowment so that it's that much more able to lend support when students can once again grab their passports and go."
Alumni and others who wish to build the Global Experience Fund endowment through additional donations.
"I joined two new Faculty-Led Programs, supplemented by the Global Experience Fund, which empowered me to overcome barriers as a first-generation college student and immerse myself in diverse cultures and learn about agriculture in distinct parts of the world."
Victoria, Mexico and New Zealand, ‘23
"The Ecuador program was one of the greatest growth experiences that I've had in my college career"
Carly, Ecuador ‘23
"This was life changing. I became a better me."
Coralee, United Kingdom ‘23
“As a premed student and a Bioresource Research major, I feel this clinical internship will benefit me greatly in preparing me for my career both as a physician and as a researcher. "
~ Anna Breen
“As I aim to develop a future career in international wildlife conservation, this opportunity was invaluable in introducing me to some of many cultural, economic, political and environmental challenges to conservation in East Africa and how best to tackle them. "
~ Juliana Masseloux
“This internship was an incredible experience beyond compare! I continue to be impacted by it on a daily basis, and appreciate everyone involved in assisting with the financial support received. "
~ Rachel Patterson
Global Experiences Fund Awardees
Global Experiences Fund Awardees Summer/Fall 2023
|Fisheries and Wildlife||Cheetah Conservation Fund Intern #1, Namibia|
|Fisheries and Wildlife||Cheetah Conservation Fund Intern #2, Namibia|
|Agricultural Sciences||Undergraduate Intern, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Animal Sciences||Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Intern, Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Fisheries and Wildlife / Sustainability||Conservation Engagement Intern, Mexico|
|Faculty Led Program||Farm, Fork and Fiber: Agriculture in the U.K.|
|Faculty Led Program||Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Biodiversity in Ecuador|
|Faculty Led Program||Sustainable Pastoral Landscapes in New Zealand|
Global Experiences Fund Awardees 2022
|Summer and Fall 2022||Fisheries and Wildlife||Community Development Intern, Borneo, Malaysia|
|Horticulture||Assistant to the winemaker and viticulture manager, Guayaquil, Ecuador|
|Bioresource Research||Human Rights Volunteer, Barcelona, Spain|
Global Experiences Fund Awardees 2019
|Summer and Fall 2019||Bioresource Research||Community Medicine Intern, Ecuador|
|Animal Sciences||Student Animal Care Assistant, Australia|
|Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences||Tropical Agricultural Research Assistant, Costa Rica|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences||Intern, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo|
|Spring 2019||Agricultural Sciences||Dairy Assistant, Ireland|
Global Experiences Fund Awardees 2018
|Summer and Fall 2018||
Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
|Field Research Assistant, Malaysian Borneo|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences||Environmental Education Trust Assistant, Cape Town, South Africa|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences||Forest Ecology Research Assistant, Panama|
|Spring 2018||Agricultural Sciences||Assistant gardener on organic farm, Ireland|
|Winter 2018||Agricultural Business Management||Marketing Assistant, New Zealand|
Global Experiences Fund Awardees 2017
|Summer and Fall 2017||Animal Sciences||Veterinary Service Intern, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Bioresource Research||Research Assistant, South Africa|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences||Ekko Brasil Intern, Florianpólis, Brazil|
|Agricultural Sciences||Soils Training Intern Assistant, Batiki Island, Fiji|
Global Experiences Fund Awardees 2016
|Summer and Fall 2016||Agricultural Sciences||Trainee, South Holland, Netherlands|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences||Research Assistant, Mato Grosso, Brazil|
|Winter 2016||Agricultural Business Management||International Farming Internship, New Zealand|
Global Experiences Fund Awardees 2015
|Summer and Fall 2015||Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences||Intern for One People One Reef, Yap, Micronesia|
|Food Science & Technology||Intern Cheesemaker, Poligny, France|
|Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences||Action for Cheetahs Researcher, Kenya|
|Agricultural Sciences||Intern, Bonn, Germany|
Global Experiences Fund Awardees 2014
|Summer and Fall 2014||Zoology, Fisheries and Wildlife Science||Sea Turtle Researcher, Costa de Oro, Costa Rica|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Science||Undergraduate Researcher, Phoenix Islands|
|Food Science & Technology||Global Wine Industry Intern, Puglia, Italy|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Science||Sea Turtle Monitoring, Kyparissiakos Bay, Greece|
|Spring 2014||Fisheries and Wildlife Science||Conservation Education Volunteer, West Kalimantan, Indonesia|
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