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UT Tyler to Offer Travel Study to Galapagos Islands

October 21, 2011

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The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler will offer a travel study experience to the Galapagos Islands this summer, Dr. Jill E. Blondin, Center for Global Education director, announced.

The trip is open to all students, regardless of where they are enrolled, and non-students. Approximate cost is $4,000 and includes round-trip airfare, lodging, transfers, entrance fees, tips and most meals.

Led by Dr. Srini Kambhampati, UT Tyler Sam A. Lindsey professor and chair of biology, the UT Tyler course “Evolution and Conservation in the Galapagos” may be counted as two undergraduate semester hours in biology or interdisciplinary elective credit for students. Texas resident students who are not UT Tyler students must enroll as transient students.

Payment amounts and dates for each are pending. Participants will travel May 31 – June 11, 2012 and study the processes and mechanisms leading to the diversity of life on the islands. They also will acquire knowledge of evolution, biogeography, geology and conservation biology.

“The Galapagos Islands are the most famous as the site where Charles Darwin found inspiration to develop his seminal ideas on the origin of species. Each day will be spent visiting an island to observe the unique aspects of Galapagos natural history and threats to the islands evolutionary treasures,” said Kambhampati, who has extensive experience in evolutionary biology and travel abroad field study.

Limited scholarship and financial aid funds are available.

For more information, contact Kambhampati, 903.566.7402 or srini@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 degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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