2013: Looks like we have three PCMI students beginning this coming academic year! Can't wait to have the three here on campus.
2013-2014: A group of faculty representing several academic programs are meeting in October, 2013, to discuss expanding the PCMI program at OSU. I'd love to see it.
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, and her husband Kail are now in the process of COSing (close of service): in other words, they're almost done with their Peace Corps Service! COS is a very emotional time for Peace Corps Volunteers, as it is a life transition just as significant as leaving for the Peace Corps at beginning of service-- "readjustment" to another culture (US), and "wearing new lenses" while do so. Their blog captures the celebratory intensity of the moment: http://peacecorpsperu.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/close-of-service-cos/.
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.