Illinois State University’s latest crop of visiting students from Brazil are digging deep into the science of horticulture this summer through an internship at the University’s outdoor laboratory.
The three Brazilian students are getting hands-on experience at the Horticulture Center, the ISU Department of Agriculture’s hub for horticultural instruction and research. They’re learning directly from ISU’s horticulture experts, while also getting to manage their own projects at the 10-acre site.
“They really get to learn all facets of horticulture,” said Horticulture Center Director Jessica Chambers. “What you learn out here all summer is four or five classes put together.”
The three students came to Illinois State through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, a one-year, non-degree program for Brazilians to study abroad in the U.S. More than 125 Brazilians have studied at Illinois State since BSMP launched in 2011, all learning in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields.
Daniela Herzog is one of the visiting students. The agriculture student arrived at Illinois State in August 2014. Like her peers, she started by learning English at ISU’s English Language Institute. She’s enjoyed working with Chambers and says many of the skills she’s learning can be applied back in Brazil. The Horticulture Center is also open to the public and hosts outreach events throughout the year, and Herzog’s favorite part of the internship so far has been working with the center’s volunteers.
“It’s very good for international students because we can practice our English,” Herzog said. “It’s nice because we’re planting right along with them and meeting new people. It’s very, very fun.”
Since 2011 the visiting Brazilian students have become very involved all across campus, according to Assistant Provost Rita Bailey, who oversees international studies. “They have just brought an incredible enthusiasm and diversity to our classrooms,” said Bailey.
Via Illinois State University News