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The Center for Advancement of Undergraduate Studies and Experience (CAUSE) is a unique center that supports the educational mission of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, providing special services, courses, and facilities that are not available at the departmental level.

CAUSE helps students who want individual assistance in their work or those seeking unusual opportunities. The center also organizes challenging courses and seminars available to students throughout the University. The center is a focus of innovative ideas and academic experiments. It supports professors who are exploring new methods of instruction, and provides an educational media specialist to help faculty prepare instructional materials using new technologies.

A goal of the center is to promote undergraduate research and study abroad. CAUSE courses focus on the political, economic, and physical environment of a selected country or area. The wide network of EMS alumni is used to identify opportunities for EMS students to work or study abroad.

CAUSE 2016: Glacier-Wetland Systems of the Americas

Application period for CAUSE 2016 is now closed. Thank you for your interest in CAUSE and please check back next summer for information on our 2017 class.

Email notifications to all CAUSE 2016 applicants regarding course offers were sent Monday November 2nd. These emails were sent to each applicants Penn State email address. If you have not received a notification email (check your spam folder), please email course instructor Michael Nassry (

View CAUSE 2016 information.