EHaz A consortium for graduate degrees in Earth Hazards studies

A North American Mobility Project



Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico DF

Universidad de Colima, Colima

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC



What is EHaz?

This program is a consortium of six research-based universities in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The focus area for the mobility program is mitigation of geological natural hazards in North America. The consortium universities will exchange students and faculty in several engineering and science disciplines (e.g. environmental engineering, civil engineering, geological engineering, social sciences and geology) involved in the study of natural geological hazards. Students in the social sciences also will be exchanged, recognizing that the solution of natural hazards problems involves critical political, social, and economic aspects. At least 46 students (16 from the U.S., 16 from Canada and 14 from Mexico) will be mobilized among the participating universities through one- to two-semester visits and up to 60 more students will be mobilized via short-term, intensive courses. Student activities will consist of three stages: intensive language training, natural hazards coursework, and professional or research internships with local industries, agencies or at the host university. Faculty activities will focus on curriculum development and development of an important knowledge and reference base from the participants' reports. Curriculum development activities will include development and implementation of new modules on the North American perspective into existing natural hazards courses. Implementation of the North American modules will potentially affect hundreds more students during the project and far more students after the project period, since the modules will become a permanent part of the curriculum.


Who can participate?

The consortium universities are exchanging undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in several engineering and science disciplines (e.g. civil engineering, geological engineering, environmental engineering, and geology) involved and in the social sciences (political science, social science, and economics).


Experimental Classes:

The consortium has also been running experimental advanced classes using the internet, where students from many universities can share class experiences and use a variety of outside experts. The class this semester (spring 2006) is Supereruptions.


What kinds of exchanges can be done?

A study abroad consists of a one- or two-semester stay at a US, Mexican or Canadian university, including intensive language training, water resources coursework, and an internship. Study abroad is allowed only in the countries outside the student's host university. Students will register and pay the usual tuition and fees at their home university. Coursework credits are transferable. Students will earn a stipend and most travel expenses will be paid.

Short-term intensive courses are field hazards studies (two to three weeks) on earth hazards topics in the U.S. Canada or Mexico. Most field trip expenses will be paid for by the program. No language proficiency is required. The intensive courses are offered yearly, and may be taken at any of the partner universities.  Here is our planned schedule of field studies:

1.    May-June 2006   Restless Calderas of Western US: Long Valley and Yellowstone (led by US partners with help from other institutions)

2.    August-Sept 2007   Debris Avalanches and Landslides of the Cascade Range (US and Canada) and Canadian Rockies (led by Canadian Partners)

3.     May- June 2008   Active Convergent Plate Boundary Volcanism in Mexico (led by Mexican partners)

Why participate in this exchange?

At your host university, you will have access to expanded curricula. Your internship will provide research or practical experience. Most importantly, you will experience living within a different culture.


How can I find out about this opportunity?

Contact one of the people below--whomever is at your home University.


William I Rose (US Lead)                     MTU Curricular Info  

Michigan Technological University                                          International Programs & Services

Geological Engineering & Sciences              For students who plan to come to MTU:

1400 Townsend Drive                                               Saleha Suleman, Director

Houghton, MI 49931             For MTU students who wish to go to Mexico or Canada:     

Tel: (906) 487-2367  Fax: (906) 487-3371              Mary J Stevens, Study Abroad Director


Michael Sheridan                    Buffalo Curricular Info

University at Buffalo                          International Exchanges

Geology Department

826 Natural Science Complex

North Campus Office: NSC 717

Buffalo, NY 14260

Tel: (716) 645-6800  Fax: (716) 645-3999


John Stix (Canada Lead)                     McGill Curricular Info

McGill University                                          International Exchanges

Earth & Planetary Sciences                Students who plan to come to McGill:

3450 University Street                       Linda Anderson, Student Exchange Officer

Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7

Tel: (514) 398-5391  Fax: (514) 398-4680


Glyn Williams-Jones                            Simon Fraser Curricular Info

Simon Fraser University                                            International Programs

Earth Sciences Department

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Tel: (604) 291-3306


Hugo Delgado Granados (Mexico Lead)             UNAM Curricular Info

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico               UNAM Entry

Departamento de Vulcanología,   Instituto de Geofísica

Ciudad Universitaria, 04510

Mexico DF 04510

Tel: (525) 622-4145  Fax: (525) 550-2486


Tonatiuh Dominguez                                 Colima Curricular Info

Universidad de Colima                                            International Programs

 Observatorio Vulcanológico de Colima

Av. Gonzalo de Sandoval 444

Colima, Colima CP. 28045  México

Tel: 52 312 316 1134 X 47208


When can you go?

As soon as next semester (Summer 2006), but check with your international office for deadlines.




is sponsored by the



Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)

Secretaria de Educacion Publica (SEP)