BRAVO! Program Connects CALS Students With Research Opportunities Abroad

Microbiology student John McMullen is conducting research at the University of Montpellier II, in Montpellier, France.
Microbiology student John McMullen is conducting research at the University of Montpellier II, in Montpellier, France.

Ten UA students are spending their summers not just studying abroad, but working daily in research groups across the world.

The Biomedical Research Abroad: Vistas Open! – or BRAVO! – program began in 1992 and sends students to work in labs run by colleagues of University of Arizona faculty mentors.

"The U of A is a terrific place for this program because we've got a tremendous amount of research taking place here and we have faculty mentors who are very well-connected internationally," said Carol Bender, University Distinguished Outreach Professor and director of BRAVO! and the Undergraduate Biology Research Program.

"By sending the students primarily to collaborators of their faculty mentors at the UA, we have a built in measure of quality assurance. A UA mentor won't send a student into a situation where the student won't be well looked after," Bender said. "It's not only an intense scientific experience, it's an intense cultural experience. We send them not as a group, but on their own, so they become our scientific as well as cultural ambassadors

Read the rest of this July 30, 2013 UANews article at the link below.

Date released: 
Aug 7 2013