Chimpanzee and Human
The Chimpanzee and Human
Communication Institute (CHCI) is currently taking applications for
10-week Summer Apprentice Program. Graduates, undergraduates, and
post-graduates from any nation and from various academic backgrounds
(e.g. Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, etc.)
are encouraged to apply. This program is open to students
from all universities and post-graduates. The program runs from the
middle of June to the end of August.
The research at CHCI involves a group of four chimpanzees who use the
signs of American Sign Language (ASL). Three of the four, Washoe, Tatu,
and Dar, were part of the cross-fostering research that began with Drs.
and B.T. Gardner. Each chimpanzee was raised in an enriched environment
in which his or her human family members used only ASL, much like the
environment in which a deaf human child grows up. The fourth
chimpanzee, Loulis, was adopted by Washoe in 1978 and learned his signs
from other chimpanzees as a focus of research done by the co-directors
of CHCI, Dr. Roger and Deborah Fouts.
Currently, the chimpanzees reside
at the CHCI on the campus of Central Washington University in
Ellensburg, WA in a large state-of-the-art
Apprentices are at the institute daily -- cleaning enclosures,
preparing meals and enrichment, making observations of the chimpanzees,
and participating in one or more research projects. The first week is
intensive training in laboratory jobs and chimpanzee behaviors. The
philosophy of CHCI is that the needs of the chimpanzees come first.
Apprentices are trained in humane care and research techniques. After
several weeks each apprentice becomes more autonomous and has
responsibilities in the research project.
The program fee is $1800 and there is a non-refundable $25 application
processing fee. This does not include housing and transportation.
Inexpensive housing is available on campus. A course in ASL is highly
recommended but not required. For more information on the program and
the application please see the CHCI web page at http://www.cwu.edu/~cwuchci/apprentice.html
contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold, CHCI, CWU, Ellensburg, WA 98926 email@example.com.
If you would like to receive ASCI credit for this internship, contact
Dr. Mary Lee
Chimpansee and Human Communication Institute
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA. 98926-2234
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