Project Background
Montana State University
Letters &Science > Earth Sciences > Paleontology

Department of Earth Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 3480
204 Traphagen Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
Traphagen Hall
Fax: (406) 994-6642

Frankie Jackson, PhD
Tel: (406) 994-6642
E-mail: frankiej@montana.edu
Location: 211 Traphagen Hall

David Varricchio, PhD
Tel: (406) 994-6642E-mail: djvj@montana.edu


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Dinosaur Eggs and Education:

a student research experience in China


 

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Now accepting applications for 2013


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RECRUITMENT BEGINS FOR 2013 TRIP TO CHINA

Purpose of the Program  dv

This 3-year program funded by the National Science Foundation program International Research Experience for Students (IRES) provides science students from Montana universities and colleges with a cultural and research experience in China.  In collaboration with the principal investigators, Frankie Jackson and David Varricchio from Montana State University-Bozeman and Dr. Jin Xingsheng, students will conduct research for 5 weeks at the Natural History Museum in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.  

All expenses are paid by the program.

Program objectives include:  

  • Provide students with cultural knowledge and enhance opportunities for professional collaborations in China that will benefit  their future careers    
  • Encourage student participation in scientific research
  • Encourage student retention in the sciences
 

Who Should Apply?        

Although the program focuses on paleontology research projects, students in other diciplines are encouraged to apply.  We anticipate approximately half of the student applicants will be selected from other diciplines and institutions other than MSU-Bozeman. Selection considerations include:
  • Science majors from 2- and 4-year Montana colleges and universities considering a career in research. 
                paleontology       life sciences           anthropology      
                geology              geography             others

  • Students at 2-year and  4-year colleges with fewer opportunities for conducting research
  • Groups underrepresented in the sciences
  • Sophomore and Junior class standing preferred

Qualifications

  • Interest in science research career    
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on projects
  • Personal maturity
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • U.S. citizen

Research Location


Research will be conducted primarily at the Natural History Museum in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Provincee Map of China. Dr. Jin Xingsheng, Vice Director of the museum will coordinate the research and arrange for Montana participants to join geology students at Zhejiang Univeristy for a local local field trip and cultural activities.  Additional field work includes a 3-day trip to the Tiantai basin to investigate fossil egg localities and visit the Tiantai Museum.

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