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Do-No-Harm, Do-More-Good: Building for Sustainability in the Galapagos

This program will research innovative and implementable solutions for the design of sustainable human habitat that do no harm to, and do more good for, ecologies surrounding the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. The area's fragile ecosystem is threatened by a recent surge in land-based tourism, a critical source of revenue for the expanding population. Participants will consider the ways sustainable relations can develop between natural environments, human uses and needs, and buildings and built infrastructure. Students will establish and enact their projects in collaboration with stakeholders that include the University of San Francisco-Quito, global engineering firm Buro Happold, Galapagos islanders, government officials, environmental engineers, economists, and theoreticians.


Sponsored by University-Wide

Academic Information

Awarded student teams will enroll in a 3-credit spring course to complete their project and a 1-credit fall reflection course. The course will be taught by the faculty team and leverage technology to include the international partner.


Form a team with 2-4 undergraduate students from different majors. Individual student projects will be considered if appropriately justified and under exceptional circumstances. Identify a project that fits within the faculty program's theme. Choose from a list of project examples or propose your own. Submit application by November 1.

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No


Housing will be arranged by the President's Award program and will likely be hotel accommodations. All students are required to stay in program housing.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

Travel costs for this program will be fully funded for awarded students.


- Spring
  • Program: March 5, 2022 to March 22, 2022
  • Instructional: March 7, 2022 to March 18, 2022
  • Priority Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Final Deadline: November 1, 2021
- Summer Whole
  • Program: July 1, 2022 to July 15, 2022
  • Instructional: July 1, 2022 to July 15, 2022
  • Final Deadline: November 1, 2021

Application Code


Program Coordinator

Laura F Caloudas

Additional Resources

Program Website

Next Step

Attend an information session or a virtual team match event on October 1. Application details are available on Deadline to apply is November 1. Contact for more information.

Program information above is subject to change