Rose-Hulman has gained a distinctive Latin flare this school year with the presence of 17 Brazilian students on campus through the South American country's new Science Without Borders (SWB) program.
   They are among the approximately 2,200 Brazilian undergraduate students studying in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields-part of Brazil's ambitious initiative to send up to 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students overseas to the best technology schools in the world by 2014.
   Eight students arrived on campus last spring and were joined by another nine students this fall. Each are spending three quarters studying in 
areas of electrical engineering, computer science, software engineering, and computer engineering. They will also participate in internships with U.S. companies before returning to Brazil to complete their degrees.
   "These top-notch students had a number of choices, and they chose to study at Rose-Hulman," says Luchen Li, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Global Programs. "They were attracted by the excellent quality of education offered at Rose-Hulman and our welcoming community."
   The Brazilian students have adapted quickly to life on campus and in America. They have lived in residence-hall rooms with other Rose-Hulman students, and had meals
at homes of faculty members. Several have also taken a spring break trip to Florida and were featured on a regional NBA television broadcast while waving a Brazilian flag to support Indiana Pacers basketball player/Brazil native Leandro Barbosa.
   "It has been an amazing experience," says Luis Pelaez Covatti, an electrical engineering student. "It is going to be hard to leave."
   Danielle Cunha, a chemical engineering student, adds, "We expected this to be a good experience, but it has been much greater."
   To return the hospitality, th SWB students are planning a special Brazil Day
in early February.