September 03, 2010
Three Knox College students spent several weeks conducting research in Costa Rica as part of a special program offered by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
The program, Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, and Humanities, allows students to pursue independent projects while working with research advisors.
Knox College student Isaac Juarez, an economics major from Coachella, California, studied pineapple farmers. Raluca Oprinca, a double-major in Spanish and French from Italy, researched women's empowerment. Diana Razo, a Latin American studies major from Chicago, researched calypso music.
The ACM website has posted a feature article describing more details about the students' work in Costa Rica. That article is available here.
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is a consortium consisting of Knox College and 13 other independent liberal arts colleges located in five states.
Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 45 states and 48 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
(Pictured above: Knox College student Isaac Juarez with his host mother in Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Associated Colleges of the Midwest.)