The Center for Advanced 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. A goal of the center is to promote undergraduate research and study abroad/study away. CAUSE-sponsored courses provide “real world experiences” for students – a chance to leave the classroom behind and spend time tackling a topic of contemporary importance in the field.
CAUSE was created in the early 1990s to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning opportunities for undergraduates. The centerpiece of CAUSE is a multi-semester seminar course that allows students to do theme-based research both in the classroom and out in the field. CAUSE courses focus on the political, economic, and physical environment of a selected country or area. The two-semester CAUSE courses, open to rising juniors and seniors in the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, also include a Maymester or summer travel component.
CAUSE 2020: Leveraging Geospatial Technologies to Aid in Europe's Refugee Crisis (EMSC 470 Sp/Su/Fall 2020) is an exploration of geospatial technologies and how they can be used to solve real-world problems.
Students will engage with adult working professionals to prepare for geospatial careers after graduation, work with international students at a research and technical university in Europe, gain first-hand experience about the European refugee crisis, develop solutions to the European refugee crisis, visit international mapping and humanitarian organizations in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands, apply geospatial technologies to create visualizations and analyses of refugee migration data, and participate in a unique education based research and study abroad opportunity to learn more about and utilize geospatial technologies' ability to address a humanitarian crisis.
Application period is now closed. Deadline was Nov. 15, 2019