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Global Master's Scholars program takes off in the natural sciences

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A year into the DU Global Master's Scholars partnership with Lund University, the Department of Biological Sciences has emerged as the campus leader in preparing students for the accelerated degree program. Two biology majors departed in late summer for Sweden where they will complete their undergraduate studies over this academic year. Next year, they will embark on an accelerated master’s degree from Lund, completing both their BS and MS degrees in the span of five years. Three more biology students are poised to depart for Sweden next fall.

Lund University is recognized worldwide for their research excellence in the fields of neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease, cancer, diabetes, aging, spectroscopy, materials physics and ecology. We could not ask for a better partnership given the alignment with our faculty’s expertise and innovation in these same areas. 

Building on this momentum, our associate dean, Dr. Nancy Sasaki is working with the DU Office of Internationalization on new strategic partnerships that would serve the geography, biology and physics departments. In August, a group of five faculty members visited University of Western Australia in Perth to vet a possible Global Master’s Scholars collaboration. In addition, a faculty representative is joining a university-wide team of academic ambassadors on an exploratory visit to University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa this fall.