For the third straight year, dozens of students, teachers and chaperones from the Tsai Hsing School in Taiwan spent their summer vacation touring America and studying at Adelphi.

The Marine Science Summer Institute is a program founded by Dominic Chang, president of the Tsai Hsing School that sent 77 people—from both middle and high school students to their teachers—on a four-week trip to both sight-see and study across the United States. The group also spent two weeks learning from Adelphi professors on campus.

“The program provides excellent training for [Scholar Teacher Education Program] S.T.E.P. students as they get practical experience in building cross-cultural relationships and working with students that use English as their second language,” said Beth Christensen, Ph.D., director of Marine Science Summer Institute, associate professor and director of the environmental studies program. “It’s a lot of work, but extremely rewarding to see the flourishing relationships between Adelphi student workers and the exchange students over the two weeks.”

On top of studying Long Island’s unique coastal environment through hands on instruction by Adelphi professors and students, the trip also exposed both Taiwanese students and their educators to the education system in America and prepared them for possibly attending college in
America.

“The way we teach has shifted to be more active, engaged and inquiry based compared to their model,” Dr. Christensen said.

For many on the trip it was their first experience abroad, so their time was divided between studying and vacationing. The students spent two weeks at Adelphi, from July 8–21 sandwiched in between weeks of vacation time.

When the students landed in the states early in July they spent some time sightseeing, everywhere from the Liberty Bell to The Lion King on Broadway before heading to Garden City. After their two weeks at Adelphi, the group headed to Walt Disney World before making the trip back home for the start of their next school year.

While at Adelphi, the students either spent their mornings immersed in lab work and afternoons enjoying recreational activities, or spent full days on various field trips. A banquet at the end of their time on campus provided an opportunity for group presentations, giving the international scholars a chance to present what they spent their two weeks working on.

With a focus on marine biology and environmental studies, the students studied how oceans work, the difference in water quality around the world, marsh systems and much more.

“We visited the ocean, for many of them it was their first time seeing the Atlantic,” Dr. Christensen said. “We visited the Bronx Zoo, the Museum of Natural History and this year we went on a fishing trip in Freeport.”

For Adelphi, the program is uniquely beneficial in more ways than one.

With 77 visitors at Adelphi for two weeks, the campus brought in revenue both through housing and various campus services. Along with driving revenue, the jobs that the program creates are very selective as they provide excellent experience for student workers, along with meaningful and competitive employment for two weeks of their summer.

Brett Spielberg