Chemistry and Cultural Exchange in Thailand

Chemistry, Empirical Inquiry, and Cultural Confluence in Thailand: (CHEM 1553), 4 credits, IP, prerequisite: CHEM 1101, June 1-June 22, 2019.

Application of science toward worldwide challenges in health and sustainability requires international and intercultural collaboration among scientists. A general background in chemistry and common goals with scientists worldwide opens the door for cultural exchange and provides the basis for this program in Thailand. Thailand is known for the beauty of its landscapes, delicious and bountiful cuisine, quality of its silk, and the warmth and gracious hospitality of its population. Long a hub of trade and commerce in Southeast Asia, Thailand's unique culture has many influences from its neighbors in the region as well as aspects introduced from Europe and the USA by means of trade and cultural exchange rather than colonization. This program is for students who wish to develop scientific, international, and intercultural skills to apply chemistry toward problems of both local and global relevance. You will reinforce basic chemical knowledge and skills while working alongside Thai and American students and faculty on chemistry activities with a connection to health, sustainability, and Thai culture.

  • Experience the frenetic vitality of Bangkok and ornate splendor of its Grand Palace and Buddhist Temples
  • Apply and reinforce your skills as a chemist while collaborating with with Thai and Amrican students and faculty in Maha Sarakham, the center of Isaan, Thailand's heartland
  • Learn about and experience other aspects of Thai culture, including its cuisine, traditional silk making, and traditional medicine

Program Leaders:

Joe Alia is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He teaches Physical Chemistry I< II, & Lab as well as Theoretical Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, and General Chemistry Lab. Joe's aspirations toward designing this program have been shaped and inspired by study of physical science, extensive travels, and in particular the experience of teaching thermodynamics in Thailand while learning about Thai cuisine, traditional medicine, and Buddhism.

Tim Soderberg is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He has taught Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Introduction to Research. He lived in Tokyo, Japan for five years in the 1990's and speaks Japanese. He has traveled widely in Japan and Thailand.

All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

Application Deadline: February 1