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  • Locations: Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 4 Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Chemistry
Faculty Leader: Holder, A.
Program Description:
Summer in

May 9-27, 2018

Bioinorganic and Natural Products Chemistry
CHEM 411/511, 4 or 
5 credits 
The study abroad provides students the opportunity to live and learn in Jamaica.   This course introduces students to medicinal plants indigenous to Jamaica. Lectures, reading, and discussions will focus on the chemistry of vanadium, medicinal uses of vanadium for the fight against diabetes, and literature as it relates to uptake of vanadium(V) by Ascidia nigra tunicates. Hands-on activities in the laboratory and field trips will emphasize identification, methods of collection and preservation, extraction and characterization, and testing the environments where these natural organisms proliferate. The laboratory work will take place at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus, Kingston. Applications for utilizing “natural products” from Jamaica and the Caribbean will also explored. Students will also interact with locals when they participate in a one day service project on Labor Day, a Jamaican national holiday.


Ocho Rios Beach tour

Jerk Center

One Love Falls

Mangrove Forest in Priory

Dunn’s River Falls

Discovery Bay Marine Lab

Bob Marley Museum

U.W.I. Mona campus

Service Project (TBD)
Student jamaica
*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

 PREREQUISITES: In order to participate in this program, students must have received a C or better in CHEM 211/212 Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab, CHEM 213, and permission of instructor.  All students must be in good academic standing and have a 2.0 or better.

*Students must register and pay for 4 credits in CHEM 411 (undergraduates) or CHEM 511 (graduates) during the Summer 2018 registration period in order to participate in this program.

Tentative Syllabus and Itinerary: Chem411TentSyllabus.pdfChem511TentSyllabus.pdf Tentative Itinerary.pdf*
*Itinerary is subject to change. 


Prof. Alvin A. Holder received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from The University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), Mona Campus, Jamaica in May 1994.  Currently, he is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Old Dominion University.  He has published more than 50 articles, two textbooks, and three book chapters; directed two postdoctoral fellows, and directed six graduate students at USM and U.W.I. He taught a study abroad course in chemistry in Jamaica from 2008-2013.  



Program Cost with Dean's award: $3,000

Cost Includes:
Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk,  airport transfers in-country, accommodations,  some meals, all transportation related to instruction, entrance fees to activities on the itinerary, study abroad and instructional fee, and travel and health insurance.

Not Included:
ODU tuition 4 or 5 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals other than those indicated above, transportation other than indicated above, snorkeling/diving gear, expenses of a personal nature.

*ODU Scholarships:

Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late summer. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.

Estimated cost without scholarship: $3,400

Payment Schedule:
$300 deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on February 16, 2018 and the other half on March 16, 2018



Prof. Alvin Holder
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Alfriend Chemistry Building
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.

This program is currently not accepting applications.