Note: Due to the rapidly evolving COVID 19 crisis, we are prepared to adjust Advance experiences as necessary to ensure student and faculty safety.

The program intensives (“Advances”) are a central learning experience of the program. Students connect with cohort members, explore their research with their Project Faculty, and engage in content sessions with Lead Mentor, Dr. Leonard Sweet.


Students participate in three advances during the program:

What to expect

Advance details:

  • Project Faculty participate in the Advances.
  • Advances last 5-7 days.
  • Online Advances
    • The first Advance is designed to orient students to the program and to establish cohort rapport.
    • The Online Advance will be conducted within a 6-8 hour / day framework. Start / end times depend on the location of the cohort members to best accommodate timezone differences.
  • In-person Advances: 
    • Approved guests are welcome at the second and final Advances 'at cost'. 
    • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted. Wireless internet connectivity is available when possible.
    • Students are responsible for all air travel and local transport (car rental, taxi, etc), visas, vaccinations, and expenses associated with guests.
    • Activities include extensive walking, utilizing stairs, sitting, note taking, listening and viewing field presentations, navigating unfamiliar crowded spaces, eating local foods, etc. Though we make every effort to accommodate student needs, please be aware that in international settings we cannot ensure meaningful access for qualified students with physical, dietary, psychological, attentional or learning-based disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.