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  • Locations: Etosha National Park, Namibia; Windhoek, Namibia
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2022 01/21/2022 ** Rolling Admission 03/03/2022 03/10/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Relative Cost: $$ Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged
Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: NO Housing Options: Field Station Guest House
Program Director/Assistant Director: Christopher Cullis, Biology ( Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Angela Miller (
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Number of Credits: 3
Deposit: 200 Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: $1200
Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, All meals, Excursion, Housing, In-country transportation Not Included in Program Cost: Flights, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Majors Offered: Biology Click here for a definition of this term Program Running This Term? (Faculty Led Programs): YES
Program Description:
Windhoek, Namibia

Biology Field Studies: Namibia (BIOL 309/409)
Course Dates: March 3-13,2022
Pre-requisite courses: BIOL 214 & BIOL 326, or consent of instructor
Faculty: Professor Christopher Cullis (

Students will participate in the development and domestication of an underutilized plant (Marama bean) to be distributed to resource poor farmers in Southern Africa.

They will be involved in formal coursework on campus to review the appropriate techniques and sampling strategies. They then will travel to Namibia to conduct field collections and process the collected samples. The work in Namibia will be carried out in conjunction with the Namibia University of Science and Technology. The experimental work will continue the development of resources that will be applied to accelerate the improvement of Marama bean so that it can be grown productively in arid soils that cannot support any other crop. This crop can provide an excellent protein and energy source for inhabitants of this region. The outcomes will be researched by the students that can contribute towards publication and a new crop for resource-poor farmers.

For more information, please review this flyer: BIOL309 - Cullis - Spring 2019 - flyer.jpg