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Student Scientists Visit With Thailand Dignitary

July 8, 2014

As part of their research experience in Thailand this summer, science students and their faculty advisers had the opportunity to visit with the governor of Chiang Mai Province.

Over tea with Gov. Suriya Prasatbuntitya, the group discussed student research, differences between Thai and U.S. culture and education, and the value of undergraduate participation in international exchanges, said Darren R. Sandquist, professor of biological science.

The governor also was interested in learning about the challenges the U.S. students face in Thailand. "They gave him feedback on public transportation, pedestrian/vehicle conflict and air quality — three areas his administration has targeted for improvement," Sandquist said. 

The 14 scholars from CSUF and other California State University campuses are conducting research through this month with Chiang Mai University faculty and students. The experience abroad is made possible through Cal State Fullerton's Science and Math Research in Thailand and CSU's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation programs. Visit SMRT and LSAMP for more information about the students' research and activities in Thailand.

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