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The face-to-face Intensives (“Advances”) are a central learning experience of the program. Students participate in the research courses while on location, connect with cohort members and advisors in person, and engage in content sessions with Lead Mentor, Dr. Leonard Sweet.

Students attend a total of three advances with Len Sweet:

  • Orientation Advance: Portland, OR

  • Second Advance: Cambridge, UK

  • Final Advance: Orcas Island, Washington (The Salish-Seaside Escapes)

Unless otherwise noted, lodging and most meals are provided for each of the host locations with incidentals excepted. Wireless Internet connectivity will be available. Students are responsible for all air travel and local transport (car rental, taxi, ferry, etc.) for each of the Advances.

The Advances are typically 5-7 days in length.