Georgia Group, Solomon Islands
Dates: June 15 - July 20, 2006 Director: Dr. Shankar Aswani, University of California, Santa Barbara
Funded by the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development
Overview of the program:
The Pacific Islands Field Training Program is for undergraduate and graduate
college/university students primarily of Pacific Island descent and offers
financial support (airfare and room/board costs) for the participants.
Approximately ten students are selected each year for an intensive 4 week
summer session in a remote village environment. This field school challenges
the students both academically and personally. Many students find village
life and the living conditions in a tropical marine environment physically
and mentally demanding.
The program consists of training in ethnographic and marine science field
methods, cross-cultural understanding, basic Roviana language classes,
and the development and completion of individual research projects. For
information on past student research projects click here for 2003,
2004, and 2005.
Field Training Program is part of Dr. Aswani's five-year project that integrates
research on customary sea tenure institutions and marine resource utilization
in New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Participants in the Pacific Islands Field
Training Program have the opportunity to get involved with Dr. Aswani's
research, including applied anthropology, geo-spatial field methodologies,
sustainable conservation, and community development projects.
The 2006 predeparture packet is available for download here.
For more information on Dr. Aswani's research see: