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RELEASE: Hughes Springs Resident to Participate in Joint Community Service Project in Costa Rica

March 1, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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Junior biology major Corey Dale Cates of Hughes Springs is one of six students from The University of Texas at Tyler who will participate in a joint community service project in Costa Rica, UT Tyler President Rodney Mabry announced.

Continuing to provide UT Tyler students a well-rounded educational experience through community service, the university will for the second time partner with Tyler Junior College in “Project Costa Rica – Community Service in the Rain Forest.” Six stipends of $1,000 each were awarded this year for UT Tyler students interested in this unique endeavor.

Cates will graduate in May 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, minoring in chemistry and psychology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biology or zoology and work in animal conservation or biological research.

Students will travel to Costa Rica May 16 – 25, 2011, where they will assist in the refurbishment of a local elementary school and meet with volunteers from the country’s Peace Corps to learn about their service experiences.

“I am so excited to get this once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel to Costa Rica and help these kids get the school they need,” he said.

Cates is a member of the UT Tyler American Chemical Society, Tri-Beta Biology Club and Math Club. He is a Patriot Scholarship recipient and has made the President’s Honor Roll at UT Tyler.

Applicants were chosen based on a letter of recommendation from a professor, employer or community service representative, verification of interest in community service, leadership skills, participation in university and community events, a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and full-time student status.

Project Costa Rica plays a large role in the university’s Global Awareness Through Education Program, according to Dr. Peter Rogers, UT Tyler assistant professor of civil engineering. He serves as the university’s Project Costa Rica adviser.

“In addition to the community service component, Project Costa Rica offers our students a large variety of other experiences aimed at enhancing their understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental forces that form cultural perspectives,” he said.

Other activities include rainforest excursions with plant and wildlife experts, a time spent observing marine wildlife and several museum and site-seeing tours in the capital of San Jose, Rogers added.

For more information, contact Rogers, 903.565.5872 or progers@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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