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 since 2005. Our first program (in Forestry) began in 1996, and in 1997 we added Peace Corps' first MI program in engineering. We have continued to grow since then, adding our eighth MI program at Michigan Tech in 2010.
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 research project during their service. Upon completion, students return to campus to defend their research and share experiences. To date more than 180 students (>40% women) with many different undergraduate majors from more than 50 universities have participated in this program. They have served in the following countries: Tanzania, El Salvador, Honduras, Madagascar, Bolivia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Philippines, Armenia, Uganda, Benin, Paraguay, Vanuatu, Fiji, Zambia, Senegal, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Namibia, Morocco, Ecuador, Nepal, Mauritania, Ukraine, Macedonia, Jamaica, Cameroon, Nicaragua, Togo, The Gambia, Kenya, Gabon, Samoa, Peru, East Timor, Palau, Suriname.
|Forestry||1996||Prof. Audrey Mayer||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/forestry/|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||1997||Profs. Brian Barkdoll, David Watkins||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/civil/|
|Natural Hazards Mitigation||2004||Prof. John Gierke||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/geo-mitigation/|
|Science Education||2006||Profs. Brad Baltensperger, Sarah Green||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/applied-science/|
|Rhetoric and Technical Communication||2008||Prof. Craig Waddell||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/rtc/|
|Mechanical Engineering||2009||Profs. Michele Miller, John Gershenson||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/mechanical/|
|Natural and Applied Resource Economics||2009||Prof. Gary Campbell||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/resource-economics/|
|Biological Sciences||2010||Prof. Casey Huckins||www.mtu.edu/peacecorps/programs/biological/|
- Obtain a graduate degree while working in your professional field with the Peace Corps
- Transfer knowledge between two cultures
- Work with communities on appropriate solutions to health, environmental, and economic problems
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