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Applications for the 2019 APRU ULP are officially closed and currently being reviewed.

Applicants will be notified in the beginning of April. 

Host: University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Date: July 1-12, 2019

APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program (ULP) 2019 is now open for application.

For ULP 2019 “Fresh Approaches to A Gordian Knot: Student Leaders Untangle Pacific Rim Environment, Health and Inequality Challenges” students from the Pacific Rim will come to the environmentally-focused state of Oregon to apply new thinking to untangle three intertwined social dilemmas: environmental degradation, public health risks and social inequality. Students will work in small teams to address a real-world issue in one of these areas (e.g., environment), while working through how the challenge is entangled with the other two areas (health and social inequality). Representatives from locally-based community organizations working on these issues will develop challenges for the teams and at the end of the program will pick the best student group solutions.

The 12-day program will combine high impact educational practices including research and community-based learning with intensive leadership development and the application of scientific knowledge to societal dilemmas. Students will engage in skills development workshops in areas such as team building, science communication and non-profit management. They will attend leadership lectures, interact with faculty experts, experience organized excursions and cultural activities and develop real world action plans for solving these pressing social dilemmas.

ULP 2019 is targeted at undergraduate students of any discipline who have completed their first year of study. They must be aged 18 or above at the time of application.

To ensure academic and experiential quality of the program, the number of participants is capped at 50. Each APRU member university may nominate up to 5 students for this year’s program.

Each selected student should complete the online application form.

Applicants should prepare a 300-500 word statement outlining how this program contributes to their academic and personal goals.

Program Fee: USD500 (includes on-campus accommodation, meals, program materials, cultural excursions and airport transfers)

Key Program Dates:

  • Sunday June 30 –Students arrive in Eugene, Oregon. Check into accommodation and rest.
  • Monday July 1 –Welcome ceremony, orientation, introductions, campus tour and team building.
  • Thursday July 4 –Special cultural experience (TBA).
  • Saturday July 6 –Organized excursion (TBA).
  • Wednesday July 10 –Final presentations.
  • Thursday July 11 –Proposal selections, closing ceremony and farewell dinner.
  • Friday July 12 –Students check out of accommodation and depart Eugene, Oregon.

Priority registration deadline: March 15, 2019

Successful students will be notified via email.

For enquiries related to ULP 2019 please contact Ms. Grace Honeywell shoneyw6@uoregon.edu or Mr. Will Johnson williamj@uoregon.edu at the University of Oregon.

Please contact the offices responsible in your university on nominations for joining the program.

Act now and join us in Oregon this July!