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EPICS in South East Louisiana

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Program Type Domestic Study Away
Program Location New Orleans, LA, USA
Course # SA 10519
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/22 to 03/18/22

Program Leader

Name Brandon Stevens

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

The EPICS EJAE and EWB teams have been collaborating with C2P2 (Community and College Partners Program) and a Native American tribe community of Grand Cailloux/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw (GCDB) in South East Louisiana.  The team is helping in the design of a new community and cultural center for the GCDB community, which may also serve as a shelter during large-scale storms or other natural disasters.  Students in the proposed Study Away will be able to visit the GCDB community, share current progress, and learn of any new requirements and developments from the community side.

Participating students will be able to take measurements, share progress, observe first-hand the environment and surrounding conditions (e.g., terrain, flora, and weather), along with living conditions and habits of the intended users, which may have an effect in the proposed design.  The students will also have an opportunity to have a dialogue with community representatives and consider their input.

Draft Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1 - Travel to Louisiana

Day 2 - Day in New Orleans

Day 3 - Visit Louisiana State University and service-learning, playground projects

Day 4 - Tour GCDB bayou

Day 5 - Space-service project at GCDB

Day 6 - Visit nature areas and gulf coast

Day 7 - Return to Indiana


Academic Credit

Students will earn one credit for EPICS 49000.  All students must check with their academic advisor to find out how this course can be used in your plan of study.  



Although the target students are those experienced in EPICS, EWB, and EJAE, the Study Away will be open to students with or without prior knowledge of the project.  Activities assume various levels of involvement and understanding.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated cost for this program is $2900 and includes:  Roundtrip group flight from Chicago to New Orleans, ground transporation, all housing, breakfast daily and some meals, excursions listed on the itinerary, health insurance, and 1 credit for EPICS 49000.

Additional expenses:  Personal excursions, some meals, and personal spending money.

Purdue Moves Scholarships available!

* Please note that students are under no finanical obligation just for applying*

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program fills to capacity 

Financial Aid

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