A new endowment fund, the Global Experience Fund, has been established for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University to provide 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, was 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, twenty-nine awards, ranging from $ 200-$2000 and averaging $ 932 each have been awarded to students doing International Internships; often these funds were augmented by awards directly from the ER Jackman Fund. An additional $ 3,516 has been used to support students doing an Exploring World Agricultural trip in France, a work-study trip to Puerto Rico and to participate in the IAAS (International Association of Agriculture and related Sciences) National Summit. In total, the fund has provided $ 30,549 of support since its inception in 2013.

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:  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,” says Larew.

Alumni and others who wish to build the Global Experience Fund endowment through additional donations.

 

Student Blogs and Reports

 

Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo - Dominee Cagle (summer 2018)

The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust in South Africa - Kevin Keys

Remote Island Soils Education - Trey Hackett, Sea Mercy Internship

Where-wolf There-wolf: The travel and research adventures of Juliana Masseloux. 2015-2106, with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.

The Travel Edition: The Journeys of a Metamorphosing Conservationist, by Rachel Patterson.  Summer 2014, sea turtle research internship with the Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society along the Gulf of Kyparissia, Greece

Wine Business Internship for Agricole Vallone by Rebekah Holman. Puglia, Italy

To Fish or Not to Fish: Characteristics of existing and potential fisheries within the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiriba by Andrew Futerman

Global Experiences Fund Awardees Spring 2014 - Current

Term Major Internship
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
     
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
     
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
     
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
     
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