Student Exchanges

Program Overview


Our International Student Exchange program provided a unique opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to participate in on-site research in a foreign country. Student research was planned and conducted under the guidance of at least two PIRE faculty members. International Student Exchange experiences could include a wide variety of activities, ranging from making field collections of organisms and gathering ecological data in Patagonia to conducting molecular genetic laboratory work in the U.S. While the overall research objectives of our project focus on comparative phylogeography and the origin of biodiversity in Patagonia, our primary educational goal is to train students and young scientists to be successful in international educational and research settings.

U.S. Students traveling to South America



U.S. undergraduate students at Brigham Young University, the University of Nebraska (2007-2009), and The George Washington (2010-2011) were eligible to apply to participate in our International Student Exchange program. Students accepted to the program spent betweeen 10 and 16 weeks during the U.S. winter and/or spring semesters at a collaborating university in Chile or Argentina. Students accepted to the program were given training in field and laboratory techniques prior to traveling to Patagonia. Undergraduate students attending Brigham Young University, the University of Nebraska, and The George Washington University of all majors and backgrounds were encouraged to apply. Although the PIRE International Student Exchange project has ended, U.S. undergraduate students are encouraged to contact potential advisors at their home institution for future opportunities.  Brigham Young University will be launching an International Biology Internship program in 2012 that will include semester-long research abroad opportunities in labs throughout the world; interested students should contact Professor Jerald B. Johnson for more information.

Prospective graduate students and postdocs interested research related to the PIRE project should contact potential advisors directly. Graduate Opportunities

Argentine and Chilean Students Traveling to North America


The student exchange program also facilitated travel of undergraduate and graduate students working with senior personnel from South America to spend time conducting research at one of the three collaborating North American institutions. Students had the opportunity to work in a North American laboratory on research to augment their own thesis or dissertation projects. The duration of these exchanges varied depending on the nature of the project. To identify a laboratory where such work could be conducted, students contacted their advisors directly. Graduate Opportunities