Global Experience Fund

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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.


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 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
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