Studying Off Campus
Biology students are encouraged to explore Augustana’s study abroad opportunities and other off-campus study programs. The length of study can range from a month to a semester to an academic year. For example, Dr. Craig Spencer has taken students to Central America during the January interim for a course called “Guatemala and Belize: Coral Reefs, Tropical Forests, Mayan Ruins & Spanish Language Immersion.”
And because Sioux Falls is a regional medical hub with several hospital-associated research complexes, our biology students have access to some of the best clinical facilities in the region, with opportunities to train in areas such as cardiovascular, cancer and neurobiological research.
Our biology students are also frequent recipients of Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) grants from the National Institutes of Health to conduct summer-long research projects alongside faculty members at Augustana or scientists at Sanford Research. Biology students have recently conducted summer research at Harvard University/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, as well.