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The History of Women: Scientific EXXcellence

Dates: 20 June–22 July 2023 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 31 January 2023


Attention all BYU students who are interested in women’s contributions to science!

Join us for our summer 2023 inaugural study of the history of women in science. If you are interested in the history of science, women’s contributions, or in supporting women in their ambitions, this study abroad is for you! Join us in a European exploration into how politics, custom, and society shaped the lives of early female scientists, and how these individuals worked to overcome obstacles and break the barriers of scientific thought. Along the way, we will discuss dynamics of Latter-day Saint families with either spouse in science. We encourage men, women, and couples to apply!

This study abroad will focus on the historical contributions of women to science, with a special emphasis on Marie Curie and her life contributions to chemistry and biology, including her discovery of novel elements, her role running twenty hospitals, and her development of radiation for X-ray imaging and chemotherapy. In addition, we will investigate the contributions of Florence Nightingale, Lady Montague, Rosalind Franklin, Jeanette Villepreux-Power, Barbara McClintock, Evelyn Cheesman, Mary Anning, Dorothy Hodgkin, Ester Lederberg, Maria Merian, Ethyl Wallace, Eleanor Ormerod, Chein-Shiung Wu, Dame Rothschild, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Laura Bassi, and many more—all while exploring the culture and history of six countries. In addition, we will hear from outstanding modern-day female scientists and champions of women in science, their advice for success, and the challenges they have overcome. We will visit memorials, museums, and local sites in six countries, including London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Florence, and Rome.

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Contact Us

Julianne Grose
3140 LSB
(801) 422-4940


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will receive 6–8 credits, which can fulfill various GE and major/minor elective requirements or count as general hours toward graduation. All students will take:

GWS 370—Women in Science (3 credits; fulfills an elective requirement for the Global Women’s Studies minor)

Students will also take at least one course detailing the history and contributions of women to science including direct analysis of scientific literature (total 35 credits). Students will choose from:

MMBIO 390R—Readings in Microbiology or Molecular Biology
MMBIO 294R—Mentored Research
MMBIO 339R—Internship

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes full-time Latter-day Saint undergraduate tuition (costs higher for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, admission to program-related activities and historical sites, transportation to program locations, group field trips, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include international airfare (program begins in London and ends in Rome, both of which are major international travel hubs), preparation course tuition, most meals, passport fees, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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All accepted students must register for IAS 201R (1 credit), a required pre-departure preparation course to be taught by Professors Grose and Davis during the second term of winter 2023 semester.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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On the European continent, students will stay in hotels or hostels with their faculty directors.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Dr. Julianne Grose is an associate professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology in the College of Life Sciences, where she runs the BYU Phage Hunters program. Her research focuses on the regulation of metabolism with a special interest on the microbiome, including phages. Her husband and two youngest children will join the program.

3140 LSB
(801) 422-4940

Dr. Mary Davis is an associate professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology and a faculty of the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program at BYU. Her research focuses on the extraction of detailed clinical traits from electronic health records (EHR) and the genetic analysis of autoimmune diseases. Her husband and four children will join the program.

3129 LSB
(801) 422-6207
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.