Ignite Abroad: Iceland

Wesley Lewis/Office of Research

For the past three years, Daytona Beach’s Office of Undergraduate Research has collaborated with Worldwide to take a group of students on a short-term research abroad trip to different parts of the globe including Cuba, Brazil, and Singapore.  This year, we are excited to announce Ignite Abroad will be going the land of fire and ice: Iceland.

Students who attend the trip March 9-16, 2018 will have the opportunity to conduct their own research while visiting sites such as Lake Myvatn, Geysir Geothermal Area, geothermal farm and Hofsos. Students will be exposed to Icelandic history and culture by guided tours and interactions with Icelanders such as the leading expert on elves folklore.

Furthermore, students will see Iceland’s natural beauty by walking on Solheimajokull glacier, Gullfoss Waterfall and taking a dip in a natural hot spring pool. During a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site Thingvellir, students will get to visit Iceland’s first parliament in 930 A.D. (the world’s oldest) and experience Iceland’s oldest geyser, Strokkur.

Before leaving, students will have pre-w orkshops before the trip in developing a research question, lit review and methodology for collecting data while on the trip. As a condition of the scholarship, once students return from the trip, they will be expected to analyze the data and complete a scholarly paper for presentation at Discovery Day.

The trip is open to ten Daytona Beach students who must apply for the trip through the Office of Global Engagement. Students who are accepted will receive a $1,500 grant to supplement the cost of the trip, which will bring the total cost of the trip to $2,500 for lodging, airfare (from/to Orlando, FL), transportation, travel insurance, entrance/exit fees, and most meals.

Applications for the trip are due by Nov. 22, 2017, and are available through the Office of Global Engagement.

Wes Lewis, the Associate Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Dr. Kelly George, Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Research for Ignite, will lead the trip to Iceland.

For more information, call 386-226-6215, or email Wesley.Lewis@erau.edu.