Autumn 2013 Brazilian Science Mobility Program
The University of Montana is pleased to welcome 28 new students from the Brazilian Science Mobility Program for autumn semester 2013. BSMP is a scholarship funded by the Brazilian government and administered in the U.S. by the Institute of International Education. Upper-division undergraduate students from across Brazil receive scholarships to study in their respective disciplines for one year at institutions around the world, including more than 300 in the U.S.
While at UM, BSMP students take classes primarily in science-related disciplines such as pharmacy, forestry, biology and more. Once their year of academic studies is complete, students participate in a summer internship related to their discipline or take summer classes. During the past two summers students have interned in science labs at UM and other universities across the U.S., at national pharmaceutical companies, with the Glacier Institute and at other organizations.
Thirty BSMP students have already studied at UM through this program, starting spring semester 2012. Ana Monteiro, a BSMP student during academic year 2012-13, described her year at UM was “the most special and life-changing experience” she’d ever had.
“The University's friendly and always welcoming environment changed my perspectives about who I am and what I want to achieve and motivated me to work even harder to achieve all my goals," Monteiro said.
Prior to beginning the academic year, some students participate in an intensive English language program administered by the University’s English Language Institute. ELI provided programs during the summer of 2012 and 2013, and is providing a fall semester program for 18 new students. After completing the program, those students will matriculate and start taking credit-bearing classes at UM during spring semester 2014.
Pharmacy has been an especially popular program for these students. Lori Morin, the assistant dean to Student Affairs in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, has worked with many BSMP students over the past two years.
"The students from Brazil are very eager to learn subject matter that they cannot receive in their country” she said. “They are quick to add to our discussions, participate in our research and get the most out of their year in Missoula. They have found excellent opportunities to enhance their skills."
In addition to their academic studies, UM’s Office of International Programs facilitates community engagement activities for these students. Over the coming weeks and months OIP will provide additional information about those activities to help the University and Missoula communities learn more about and from these students.
For information about BSMP call Peter Baker, the International Program Development Officer in the Office of International Programs, at 406-243-6142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.