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SUMMER COURSES in Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

Educational Organization:
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Date Posted:

Program Description:
**Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation** (3 credits), June 18-July 1, 2018, held at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia.
**Primate Behavior and Conservation in Peru** (3 credits), July 6-July 24, 2018, held at the Los Amigos Biological Field Station or Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Río Los Amigos (CICRA), located in Madre de Dios, Peru.

Courses offered by the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and overseas coordination by the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

**Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation**
The first course, Primate Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (CONS 480/CONS 580), held June 18-July 1, is a 2-week course that gives students theoretical and practical experience in conducting research on primates. The skills learned in this course will help guide students in developing a research project proposal that covers the basics of research design including developing a pertinent research question, hypothesis, and appropriate methodology. This course is held at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, in Front Royal, Virginia.
In this course students will:
-Identify the behavioral and ecological strategies that primates employ and their role in the ecological community
-Carry out basic field methods relevant to the study of primates
-Learn about various conservation challenges that primates face
-Design a research study focused on primate biology, behavior, and ecological adaptations

How to Apply:
Mason Students: Register in Patriot Web (CONS 480 is undergraduate level; CONS 580 is graduate level)
Non-Mason Students: Apply as a non-degree-seeking student at

**Primate Behavior and Conservation in Peru**
Students have the option to register for an add-on field experience course, Primate Behavior and Conservation in Peru (CONS 497), held July 6-24, offered through the George Mason Study Abroad Global Education Office (GEO). In this course, students conduct independent research on primate species in the wild, in a tropical rainforest setting. Building off skills and techniques learned in the companion theory and methods course (CONS 480/580), students will carry out their independent research through the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and will summarize research in a written report and present findings in an oral presentation. Students will also learn first-hand the conservation issues affecting tropical forests in this region and strategies used to mitigate these concerns. The course is held at Los Amigos Biological Station, or Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Río Los Amigos (CICRA), in Madre de Dios, Peru. This field station is managed by the Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) (

How to Apply:
To register, go to:

For more information about these courses, contact:

Dr. Anneke DeLuycker, Assistant Professor of Conservation Studies
Course Instructor, Academic Director
Email address:
Phone number: 540-635-0463

Denise Elles-Mdahuar, Study Abroad Program Manager
Email address:
Phone number: 703-993-2155; Toll free: 866-468-1243

Entrance Qualifications:
Who May Apply:

-Both of these courses are open to upper-level undergraduate students in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.25) as well as graduate students (minimum GPA of 3.0), recent graduates (post-baccalaureates), non-degree seeking students and non-Mason students.

For "Primate Behavior and Conservation in Peru" course:
-Students are expected to be in adequate physical condition and able to hike/walk within a tropical rainforest on a daily basis.
-As this course is in the Amazon rainforest, there are disease risks. There are no required vaccinations for travel to Peru, but there are some recommendations.
-This is a remote field station, only accessible by boat. Students must be prepared to adjust to life in the humid, wet tropics with basic accommodations.

Tuition / Fees:
For "Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation":
Tuition and Fees:
This course gives 3 credit hours. Undergraduate: In-State: $1,954, Out-of-State: $5,695; Graduate: In-State: $2,380, Out-of-State: $3,452. Additional fees: $60 (Educational Resource fee), $80 (Lab fee), $48 (Course fee). (Fees based on Spring 2018 rates; subject to change). Room and board provided on-site in residential-style accommodations (all meals and lodging in dorm-style room).

For "Primate Behavior & Conservation in Peru" course:
Tuition and Fees:
Course fee: $3,625
Fee includes: Tuition for 3 credits, daily room and board at CICRA field station (all meals and lodging in dorm-style room), round-trip ground transportation to/from field station, hotel accommodations in Puerto Maldonado at the beginning and end of program, guest lectures by researchers conducting long-term research at the field station, international emergency medical insurance.
Fees not included: Airfare, passport fees, required field equipment (binoculars, field notebooks, digital watch, rubber boots, headlamp, etc; full equipment list will be provided.), personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

Support (scholarships, travel):
For overseas field course:
Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your Study Abroad Office or Office of Financial Aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

Start + End Dates:
06/18/2018-07/01/2018 and 07/06/2018-07/24/2018

Application Deadline:

Course is limited to a small number of participants; register early to reserve a spot!

Contact Information:
Anneke DeLuycker
1500 Remount Rd, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Front Royal, VA 22630

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