2013: Looks like we have 2, perhaps three, PCMI students beginning this coming academic year!
Ramona is back! Ramona, a PCMI student finishing her work on an MS degree in Forest Ecosystems and Society, with a Silviculture emphasis, returned to the OSU campus in January, 2013. She'll finish up this year. Ramona served in a Peace Corps training group that included six PCMI volunteers: Ramona from OSU and students from Colorado State, University of Washington, Michigan Tech, and Montana. See these and other volunteers in action in this web video:
Great Huffington Post article about one volunteer's perspective on what Peace Corps volunteerism is: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ross-szabo/volunteering-peace-corps_b_1610215.html
Shannon Daniels, MI student in Forest Ecosystems and Society, has a "Getting Perued #5" video up on the blog: check it out! She and her husband, kail, are now in year 2, Peru, with a mere several months to go in-country. They also keep a very cool photo blog:
A US Peace Corps web-streamed recruiting video for PCMI can be viewed on-line. It is on the MI page of the Peace Corps website: www.peacecorps.gov/masters
Oregon State University offers a PeaceCorps Master’s International (MI) Program in Forestry and in Applied Economics (natural resources focus).
A student accepted into the OSU Graduate School and as a graduate student in forestry or applied economics can choose a program that ties in with Peace Corps service in the forestry/natural resources sector. Here at OSU an MI student can pursue a degree in Applied Economics, Forest Ecosystems & Society, Sustainable Forest Management, and Wood Science, and your graduate degree program will be coordinated with your 27 months of Peace Corps service.
The coursework prepares you to be the high-caliber professional expected of OSU College of Forestry students... but with a twist. Some courses can prepare you for Peace Corps / international work.
Depending on the program, students earn either a Master of Science or a Master of Forestry with an emphasis in the track of their choice. Degree emphases are described here for the College of Forestry and here for Applied Economics.