PRIME aims to produce graduates who function effectively in multinational work environments, adapt comfortably to foreign cultures and different international settings, and recognize how their disciplines are practiced in a global context. The program prepares students for the workforce of the 21st Century by honing professional skills, instilling an international perspective, and encouraging students to be global ambassadors during college and beyond.
PRIME has two key learning experiences: first, developing and honing a student's scientific inquiry and research skills; and second, developing a student's cultural competency skills. Thus, success in the nine-week experience requires scientific as well as cultural preparation, which includes an understanding of the culture of the lab and host institution.
During the spring quarter, students admitted to PRIME are expected to participate in several workshops and sessions to guide and prepare them for the research, cultural, and logistic experiences. We have assembled on this page the calendar of events, a checklist, and the materials used in those sessions.
Sessions and Workshops
For students accepted into the program, following is a brief description of the PRIME sessions and workshops, including goals that students can expect to achieve by attending. (See box at right for 2013 calendar of events.)
Attendance is required at each of the above sessions or workshops.
For students accepted into PRIME, attendance is required at each of these events on the 2015 calendar:
Orientation Session, 9-11am
Expectations and Logistics Workshop, time
Pre-departure Cultural Awareness Workshop