Michigan Tech is the nation's premier Peace Corps university, producing nearly 15% of the country's Master's International students and has been the largest MI community among universities for since 2005. Our first program (in Forestry) began in 1996, in 1997 we added Peace Corps' first MI program in engineering. We have continued to grow since then, adding our seventh MI program at Michigan Tech in 2009.
After two semesters of on-campus coursework, MI students serve for 27 months in the U.S. Peace Corps. In addition to typical Peace Corps activities, MI students execute a development research project during their service. Upon completion, students return to campus to defend their research and share experiences. To date more than 140 students (43% women) with many different undergraduate majors from more than 50 universities have participated in this program. They have served in the following countries: Armenia, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, East Timor, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nepal, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Zambia.
|Forestry||1996||Prof. Blair Orr||www.peacecorps.mtu.edu|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||1997||Prof. Kurt Paterson||www.cee.mtu.edu/peacecorps|
|Natural Hazards Mitigation||2004||Prof. William Rose||www.geohazards.mtu.edu|
|Science Education||2006||Prof. Brad Baltensperger||www.ed.mtu.edu/peacecorps|
|Rhetoric and Technical Communication||2008||Prof. Craig Waddell||www.hu.mtu.edu/hu_dept/graduate/rtc/rtc.html|
|Mechanical Engineering||2009||Prof. Michele Miller||www.me.mtu.edu/peacecorps|
|Natural and Applied Resource Economics||2009||Prof. Gary Campbell||www.mnre.mtu.edu/PeaceCorps|
- Obtain a graduate degree while working as an engineer with the Peace Corps
- Transfer knowledge between two cultures
- Work with communities on appropriate solutions to health, environmental, and economic problems