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Version 31 Oct 2007 Sony c challenge2002 final report doc USDA Cooperative States Research Education and Extension Service Challenge Grant Program Discovery Based Research Opportunities Collaborative Research Support Programs CRSPs Final Report 31 October 2007 Florence V Dunkel Ph D Principal Investigator Associate Professor of Entomology Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Montana State University Bozeman Montana 59717 1 Version 31 Oct 2007 Sony c challenge2002 final report doc Undergraduate students in agriculture and related fields at U S institutions lack understanding of agriculture in developing nations In this project now completed we proposed that we would strengthen higher education agricultural science programs by developing synergistic collaborations between undergraduate education and US Agency for International Development USAID funded Collaborative Research Support Programs CRSPs in developing nations We proposed that this project would link undergraduate instruction at four Land Grant institutions including a tribal college as well as a network of private institutions with the Integrated Pest Management IPM CRSP research in Mali Through this linkage we predicted that two major impacts on undergraduate education would take place 1 Undergraduate students would have the opportunity for hands on discovery based learning in Africa working with IPM CRSP researchers and 2 Additional students estimated 2 800 students in 3 years of grant will benefit from the infusion of actual problems and issues derived from the research activities of the IPM CRSP into popular existing undergraduate courses in entomology and other subjects This model was initially tested at Montana State University MSU Bozeman since the 1999 2000 academic year including two week externships for US students in Mali with exceptionally encouraging results We proposed that the project just ending would enlarge on this pilot program 2 Version 31 Oct 2007 Sony c challenge2002 final



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