Added as a dimension of the first-year program at the university, The Global Fellows Program aims to open substantive dialogue on issues of sustainability and geopolitics from a global perspective. Global Fellows are selected in a competitive essay contest during their first year at BVU. During January interim of their second year, Global Fellows participate in a fully-funded, academically-oriented, interdisciplinary international experience. During their junior and senior years, Global Fellows give back to the university as global ambassadors with a Scholar’s Day presentation and as student mentors for the first year program.
In January 2014, the Global Fellows traveled with two faculty members to the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (sponsored by the University of North Texas, the Universidad de Magellanes, and the Chilean Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity) in Cape Horn, Chile. Students learned about the research, education, and conservation activities of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. They also learned how the Omora Ethnobotanical Park program integrates ecological science and environmental ethics for biocultural conservation in an interdisciplinary context. Following their trip to Chile, students returned to campus to promote globalism, environmental sustainability, and international awareness on our campus and to the wider community.
Every aspect of this trip piqued my interest. I have always wanted to travel to other countries and my mother and her father traveled to Chile for many years. I also enjoy science and I am excited to see it in action at such a unique location as Cape Horn. I hope this trip will bring me a stronger global perspective and lifelong experiences.