Science, engineering students can study microfluidics this summer in Brazil

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(June 1, 2010)--UTSA students can apply for study abroad this summer in Brazil. Hosted by the UTSA Department of Chemistry, the selected students will conduct hands-on research in microfluidics and chemical analysis for eight weeks beginning June 26 at the Institute of Chemistry of Sao Carlos in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program includes travel expenses, meals, student stipends and housing at either the University of Sao Paulo or a nearby hotel.

Microfluidics is the study of fluids in sub-milliliter scales. The interdisciplinary field calls upon engineering, physics, chemistry, microtechnology and biotechnology principles and has given rise to the development of such things as inkjet print heads, DNA chips and lab-on-a-chip technology.

While in Brazil, students will complete a series of projects focused on developing highly trained undergraduates for careers in modern analytical chemistry (microfluidics, chemical analysis and materials science) via a comprehensive program that includes research, seminars and workshops. The focus on microfluidics and chemical analysis will enable students to acquire unique scientific skills along with an exceptional cultural experience.

In Brazil, students will form teams with other more experienced students to enable closer interaction between peers and to give training experience to the junior mentors. The selected students are expected to work the number of hours their appointment covers, typically 40 hours per week.

To apply for study abroad in Brazil, UTSA science and engineering undergraduate students should contact Carlos Garcia, UTSA assistant professor of chemistry, at 210-458-5774.