St. Joseph/Collegeville, MN and


Beibei, Chongqing, China

02/10/2010Tentative Project Descriptions time

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CSB/SJU have developed a summer research exchange program between the College of St. Benedict (CSB)/St. John's University (SJU), USA, and Southwest University (SWU), China to continue and to strengthen the relationship between the institutions, and to provide busy science majors  and other students engaged in scholarly activity an opportunity to study and travel abroad. 

PowerPoint Overview of Program and Plans for Summer 2010 - PPTX 


Support: CSB/SJU students will receive the same salary paid to CSB/SJU students who participate in the 10 week residential undergraduate research program at CSB/SJU. You will receive your first payment after you return from China.


Travel: CSB/SJU and SWU students will pay for their own transportation costs to and from CSB/SJU and SWU and within each country. CSB/SJU students will fly to and from China as a group on the same flight. Lodging, food, and sightseeing costs for the first weekend of sightseeing in Beijing will be paid by students. Cost of weekend travel for students during their stay at SWU will be covered by the students.  Students must also cover the cost of their passports and visa application to China.

Room: Chinese students will be housed in the same facilities on campus as CSB/SJU students. CSB/SJU students who travel to SWU will be housed in the International Student Dormitory. Housing expenses for both CSB/SJU students at SWU and SWU students at CSB/SJU will be completely covered by the host institutions.

Board: The cost for food is covered for your at both CSB/SJU and at SWU.

Selection Process:

Students should submit application forms by Monday, January 25, 2010 to the 2010 Director of the Summer Exchange Program, Dr. Henry Jakubowski, Chemistry Department.

Once all applications have been collected the applicants will be interviewed by the Program Director and their potential faculty mentor.

Final selection of students into the program will occur by approximately  Monday, February 8, 2010 to ensure that student will have sufficient time to obtain passports and visas.

Selection Criteria for CSB/SJU Students

Application to the Program:

All forms except the Health and Dietary Information Form should be printed and filled out by the appropriate person, and mailed by campus mail to Dr. Henry Jakubowski, Chemistry Department, 245 Ardolf Science Center, CSB (Telephone: 5354).  Submit the Health and Dietary Information form online.

1. Summer Student Research Exchange Program Application Form.

Complete Summer Research Exchange Application Form using MS Word 2007.

2. Department Form: Summer Undergraduate Research Application.

Please get these from the department in which the faculty member resides with whom you would like to do research.  It is very important that you talk with the faculty member with whom you would like to do research about your interest in the China Summer Exchange Program.

The Chemistry Department Summer Undergraduate Research Application form

The Biology Department Summer Undergraduate Research Application form is available for download here (doc).  (Link will be updated in January 09.)

For forms from other departments, contact the appropriate Department Chair.

 Please make a copy of the completed form so one can be submitted with in your application to the China Exchange Program while the other is submitted to the department of choice.  Indicate on this form that you are applying for the Summer Exchange Program.

3. Office of Education Abroad (OEA) Forms

These forms are required for all students participating in study abroad experiences. 

4. Reference Form:

The reference form should be filled out by your faculty advisor or a faculty member in the department in which you plan to do research who knows you well enough to complete the form.  This may be the faculty with whom you would like to work. 

Summary of Important Dates:

Thursday, December 10, 2009:  Informational Meeting, 7:00 PM, ASC 104

Monday, January 25, 2010: Applications due to Dr. Henry Jakubowski

January 29 - February 8:  Interviews with faculty research advisors and Dr. Jakubowski

February 8, 2010: (approx)  Notification about acceptance into the program sent via e-mail

TBA: Orientation Session 1

TBA: Orientation Session 2

TBA: Orientation Session 3

May 12, 2010: (Wednesday) Departure for China

June 26: (Saturday) Return to USA

August 6, 2010: End of research at CSB/SJU; Chinese students return to China on Aug 7-9.

For more details contact Dr. Henry Jakubowski