According to a recent news release from the Peace Corps, USF has broken into the top ten Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) schools in 2011. With 12 graduate students serving in the field as of September 30, 2010, USF ranked tenth out of more than 80 colleges and universities with PCMI programs. Michigan Technological University led the rankings with 32 students in the field.
“Every year, hundreds of Peace Corps volunteers pair meaningful service with graduate studies through Peace Corps’ Master’s International and Fellows/USA programs,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “After completing Peace Corps service, volunteers return to the United States as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding, language, and technical skills that position them well for all future endeavors.”
The Peace Corps’ Master’s International program allows students to earn their graduate degree while serving in the Peace Corps. At USF, there are two active PCMI programs, one in the College of Public Health and the other in the College of Engineering. There are currently two COPH graduate students serving in the field: Daragh Gibson (Global Health) in Panama, and Samantha Spedosky (Global Health) in South Africa. Stephen Cormier (Global Health) is scheduled to depart for Cameroon later this year, while Folashade Osibanjo (Global Health) and Aditi Desai (Global Health) are awaiting final word on their Peace Corps assignments.
For more information, about the Peace Corps Master’s International program, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/masters, and for more information on the ranking of graduate schools that partner with Peace Corps, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.media.press.view&news_id=1757.