SUNY Oswego Signs Laboratory Partnerships with Brazil
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley traveled to the fast-developing northeastern region of Brazil in June 2010 to sign three agreements that establish some of the first in Oswego’s planned world-spanning network of global laboratories. They were signed with the Federal University of Alagoas, Federal University of Paraiba in Joao Pessoa and the state of Alagoas.
The network is a key component of the college’s new Possibility Scholarship program, which assists talented students in the sciences with tuition, room and board and provides hands-on research and international learning experiences.
The Federal University of Alagoas and Federal University of Paraiba in Joao Pessoa are research universities enrolling 16,000 and 26,000 students, respectively. The agreements with the universities will allow for student and faculty exchanges and research collaborations as well as the global laboratories. The umbrella agreement with the state of Alagoas allows Oswego to enter partnerships with any university in the state.
Separately while in Brazil, Stanley signed a global laboratory agreement with the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sol, where Medeiros works with researchers charting the ecological future of the Pantanal region. Medeiros has led groups of Oswego students to this sensitive wetlands area for three years, giving them hands-on experience studying the region’s diverse flora and fauna.