Santander Global Laboratory for Undergraduates in Brasil


The Santander Global Laboratory in Brasil is a grant from Banco Santander to SUNY to fund student semester abroad in the SUNY system. As part of that agreement, Banco Santander will fund upto 15 scholarships to support regular semester abroad in Brasil and shorter (6-8 weeks) stays working on cutting edge research projects at a number of leading Brazilian universities. The participating universities are the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) and the Federal University of Mato Grosso du Sol. Students taking part in these research experiences will have the opportunity to work on a number of challenging research projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) working at UFPB, UFAL or UFMGS, under the direct supervision of a Brasilian faculty member. They will have frequent opportunities to interact with Brasilain undergraduate and graduate students. The working language of all projects is English - it is not necessary to know Portuguese. A secondary goal is to give students a significant cultural experience by living/working in a very different environment to upstate New York. Students will also be able to develop an extensive set of professional contacts which will be of use in their future careers.

Application procedures are given at the bottom of this page.


Most projects start in June/July and go on till August. Students need to be somewhat flexible regarding start dates since the projects are all different and are supervised by different faculty with different schedules.

What is provided?

The scholarships provide most of the costs of the trip: air fare, accommodation, tuition costs, healt insurance and a small stipend.

What do you provide?

You need to provide a valid passport and visa. If you do not have a passport and are interested in going you should apply for one IMMEDIATELY. Suitably qualified students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

What experience do you need?

We welcome applications from all STEM fields Math/Computer Science/Engineering/Physics/Astronomy/Biology/Chemistry/Earth Science/Geology/Meterology majors. We are looking for talented dedicated students who are interested in furthering both their scientific and cultural awareness.

The Projects

The results from these projects for summer 2011 are given below:

At the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB)

"Effects of Etoposide on the Apoptosis of HL-60 Cells", by Stefanos Haddad, supervised by Prof. Demetrius Araujo at LTF UFPB here.

"Frequency Bistability in a Diode Laser using Diffraction Gratings", by Forrest Smith, supervised by Prof. Marcos Oria at UFPB here.

"Using an Atomic Non-Linear Generated Laser Locking Signal to Stablize Laser Frequency", by Kartik Pillar, supervised by Prof Martine Chevrollier at UFPB here.

"User Interface Evaluation and Design for Deaf-Blind Users", by Daniel Cutler, supervised by Prof. Tatiana Aires Tavares at UFPB here.

"Application of Proper Design Features for Educational Games", by John McCartney, supervised by Prof. Lilliane dos Santos Machado at UFPB here.

"Purity Identification of Crack-Cocaine Through the Use of HPLC", by Kyle Wojciechowski, supervised by Rony Anderson and Prof. Eduardo Oliveira at UFPB here.

At the Federal University of Alagos (UFAL)

"Dynamics of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Systems", by Earl Bellinger, supervised by Prof. Francisco de Moura at UFAL here.

"Correlation Between Lightning and the Joplin Missouri Tornado", by Brian West and Ariel Powers, supervised by Prof. Humberto Barbosa at UFAL here.

"Synthesis of Catalytic Nanoparticles for Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol", by Shirley Peng, Mei-Shan Ng, supervised by Prof. Mario Meneghetti at UFAL here.

"The Properties of AuSiO2 Nanoparticles with Oriented Channel (CO) in Benzyl Alcohol Oxidation", by Mei Shan Ng, Shirley Peng, supervised by Prof. Mario Meneghetti at UFAL here.

At the Federal University of Mato Grosso du Sol (UFMG)

"Parasitism of Livestock by Tryanosoma" by Lisa Cassidy supervised by Prof. Fernando Paiva at UFMG here.

"Cow-dung Colonization and Succession by Coleoptera and Diptera in Pasture and Fragmented Forest during the Wet and Dry Seasons in Brazil", by Julibeth Saez supervised by Prof. Fernando Paiva at UFAL here.

"The Abundance of D. muelleri, E. ovalis, P. albonatatus and P. fuscomaculata in Comparison to Rainfall in the Southern Pantanal (2005-2006)" by Hannah Doerrier and Janet Buckner, supervised by Prof. Vanda Ferreira at UFMS is here.

"Precipitation Dependent Reproductive Patterns of Brazilian Pantanal Anuran Species" by Janet Buckner, supervised by Prof. Vanda Ferreira at UFMS is here.

How do you apply?

Application is through SUNY Oswego's Office of International Education and Programs (OIEP) here. For more information, email shashi.kanbur(at) Review of applications will begin on March 20 and continue until all positions are filled. Applications consist of a CV, undergraduate grade transcript, two reference letters, and a short statement outlining how you could contribute to the project and what you expect to gain from the overall experience to

Lizette Alvarado

Associate Director/Program Specialist

100 Sheldon Hall

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY 13126