Panama 2019 Global Seminar

Chemistry in the Field: Water Analysis and Environmental Impact (Chem 4094W)

Seminar description

The College of Science and Engineering is offering a global seminar experience that will give participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge of chemical analysis and environmental impact. Students who are part of this unique experience will spend spring break in Panama where they will have the opportunity to learn about Panamanian culture and daily life, water management, water-related health implications, and environmental awareness. This global experience will provide an opportunity to learn about field measurements focused on conducting chemical analysis (pH and biological contamination) and keeping field records.

During this program, students will have an opportunity to interact with students in local schools and communities, learn how water resources are utilized, and gain knowledge about ecological balance in the Bocas del Toro region. The seminar will also include an excursion to Panama City to visit the Panama Canal and learn about global initiatives to protect water resources in the world.

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Seminar details

Term: Spring Semester 2019 with travel during Spring Break

Dates: Saturday, March 16-Sunday, March 24, 2019

Eligible students: Open to students who have taken or are currently enrolled in one or more of the following classes: Chem 2101, Chem 2111, Chem 2121, Chem 4101, Chem 4111W, Chem 4411, or Chem 4423W

Credit: Chem 4094W (two credits of directed research)

Faculty leaders: Professor Edgar Arriaga and Assistant Professor Kyle Bantz, Department of Chemistry

Language prerequisite: No language prerequisite is required, however, knowledge of Spanish may be helpful.

Estimated program fee: The program fee includes University of Minnesota credits, round-trip airfare, housing, excursions, international health insurance, and group meals. Costs have not yet been finalized but are projected to be between $4,000–$5,500.  

Questions? For more information, contact the CSE International Programs team at or 612-624-5091.

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