iWSG IV January 2012
The international Winter Schools for Graduate Students (iWSG) are organized jointly by NNIN and institutions in third world countries with the goal of promoting international bridge building and understanding by bringing together students and faculty in an intense teaching and societal experience. Each year, 10-12 graduate students and faculty participate in a rigorous course in an emerging and research-intensive interdisciplinary direction that is not part of US graduate curriculums. This lasts six days and includes laboratory sections. This is followed by travel to a rural part of the country where students spend time observing, experiencing and discussing the societal challenges and the part science and technology can play. A large group of students from the host country participate in the teaching part and a smaller group joins in the rural experience.
The 4th International Winter School took place in Brazil in January 2012 in cooperation with UNICAP, The University at Campinas.