The living laboratory of Turkana, Kenya!
OPEN TO EVERY MAJOR!
|Travel to fossil sites, dynamic ecosystems, pastoral villages and more with CWRU’s Institute for the Science of Origins in partnership with the Turkana Basin Institute and Stony Brook, the home university of ISO Fellow and famed paleoanthropologist Isaiah Nengo, Director of Science and Research at Richard Leakey’s Turkana Basin Institute!|
|Join top faculty experts from around the world and across a wide range of disciplines: biology, ecology, geology, paleontology, archeology, anthropology, evolutionary medicine, and more! See how to make and use stone tools! Explore the open questions in cognitive science raised by the fascinating implications of art and technology.|
|For humanities and social science majors, it’s a great way to earn your science credits in a way that complements your interests in history, psychology, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, social work, international relations, cultural and medical anthropology, art, gender studies, African-American studies…|
|Work in the cradle of humankind. Turkana has fossil deposits beginning in the days of the dinosaurs and stretching continuously up through the evolutionary history of 100 million years of invertebrates and vertebrates, including major episodes of faunal radiations and interchanges, plus the birth of monkeys and apes, the moment human ancestors began to walk upright, the first members of genus Homo, the first stone tools, the earliest modern human beings, and the history of human culture including art, burying the dead, and even the darker side of human nature with the earliest archeological indications of warfare, plus the beginnings of pastoralism, the use of metal, and other fascinating cultural innovations.|
|Embark on the trip of a lifetime, participate in scientific research including searching for fossils, studying wildlife and their ecosystems at Mpala field station, archaeology, geology, cultural encounters of many kinds, medical outreach to local villages -not to mention a great experience to mention on applications for grad and med school!|
The view from the mess hall at the Turkana Basin Institute’s Turkwell Field Station
Earn 15 credits 300/400-level
Open to undergrad and grad students
(And alums if desired -great gap year project before med or grad school!)
All instruction is in English
For most students there will be very little or no additional cost beyond your usual tuition and fees.
Fulfills 5 required courses and electives for Origins, Evolutionary Biology, ANTH, EEPS, BIOL and many other majors. Contact Dr. Princehouse for details on what courses credit can be earned for.