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Finalist Teams To Pitch Projects For The President’s Award For Global Learning

Sep 09, 2019

The International Board of Advisors has announced the 11 finalist teams for the 2019-2020 President’s Award for Global Learning. Each team will pitch their international research projects to the board and six of these teams will be selected to implement their projects abroad. 

Since the launch of the program in 2018, the board, along with President Fenves, has chosen interdisciplinary teams of students and faculty mentors each Fall to pursue projects relating to international research, social impact, and entrepreneurship in each region of the world. The winning teams work with international partner organizations, traveling together to implement their projects and gain hands-on experience.

There were 24 proposals submitted from teams comprised of 97 students representing 11 colleges, as well as 55 faculty representing 12 colleges. A review committee of faculty from colleges and schools across campus reviewed the submitted proposals and selected the 11 finalist teams. 

The finalist teams will participate in a pitch competition in October hosted by a panel of judges selected by President Fenves. From the finalist teams, one award winner per region will be selected for a total of six winning teams. The final awardees will receive up to $25,000 toward project implementation costs, as well as additional travel and academic financial support.

The finalist teams by region are:

Sub-Saharan Africa Region


A Mobile App to Reduce Malnutrition in Children (0-2 years) of Teenage Mothers in Nigeria

Validate and test a mobile app to educate teenage mothers about nutritional and health practices to decrease malnutrition in their infant and young children

Student team members: Crystal Adiele, Katie Greer, Aparna Kambhampati, Rithi Mulgaonker
Faculty team members: Dr. Jeanne Freeland-Graves, Dr. Megan Johns, Dr. Devin Walker
Graduate student team member: Mercy Sosanya


Using Interprofessional Education to Improve Community Health in Kenya

Explore the new Community Based Education and Service model implemented by Moi University and the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH)

Student team members: Kristine Adiele, Lauren Cebulske, Livia Frost, Siddha Sannigrahi
Faculty team members: Dr. Julie Zuniga, Dr. Alexandra Garcia, Dr. Suzanne Seriff


East Asia Region


How Autonomous Vehicles Might Aid Vulnerable Populations: A Case Study in Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Research how the elderly and disabled react to autonomous vehicles during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Student team members: Jean Kureyama, Eliezer Pearl, John Sherar, Peter Sumners
Faculty team members: Dr. Junfeng Jiao, Prof. Junko Hatanaka
Graduate student team member: Yefu Chen


Europe Russia and the Caucasus Region


Rome Waste Management: A City of the Past Facing a Crisis in the Present

Create a social campaign backed by technical practices as a platform for developing and implementing workable waste management solutions for both Rome and Austin

Student team members: Mariel Calara, Sophia Luongo, Collin Ma, Julia McNulty
Faculty team members: Prof. Antonella Del Fattore Olson, Dr. Kasey Faust, Dr. Junfeng Jiao


Sustainable Embellishments for the Apparel and Textile Industry in Copenhagen

Create embellishments for garments/accessories that biodegrade or form circular product cycle, preventing them from ending up in landfill or environment 

Student team members: Lilli Bennett, Cole Collins, Dominic Schillace, Shroothi Ramesh
Faculty team members: Prof. Jessica Ciarla, Prof. Luisa Fandino, Dr. Nathaniel Lynd
Graduate student team member: Jennifer Imbrogno


Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Region


A Bittersweet Burden: Understanding Causes and Consequences of Diabetes Complications Using Design – Thinking in Puebla, Mexico

Study patients in Puebla, Mexico, hospitalized with preventable, acute complications of diabetes in order to identify both medical and socio-cultural systems gaps in diabetes care and to generate insights on potential points of intervention

Student team members: Harrison Mark, Kanishka Mitra, Kathryn Quan, Joyce Tiong
Faculty team members: Dr. Jacqueline Angel, Dr. Meghana Gadgil, Dr. Meeta Kothare
Graduate student team member:Christian Vazquez


Using Drones in Kankintu: Developing an Operational Drone Model for Medical Supply Chains in Central America

Develop an operational model of medical supply delivery using drones in Panama which can be replicated in other disadvantaged communities in Latin America

Student team members: Anthony Doe, Sara Flinn, Alexander Tekle, Neha Thippana
Faculty team members: Dr. Jane Champion, Dr. Maruthi Akella, Dr. Jayme Walenta


Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia Region


The Writing on the Walls: A Comparative Study of Border Cities

Investigating lived experiences, social changes, artistic expressions, and local histories evident in two of the most controversial border wall regions in the world – Israel/Palestine and US/Mexico.

Student team members: Dany Garza, Jade Marion, Lillian Mauldin, Gabrielle Walker
Faculty team members: Dr. Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb, Dr. CJ Alvarez
Graduate student team member: Alheli Harvey


Supporting Childbirth within Displaced Populations: Creating Agency for Pregnant Women and Their Partners Through Accessible Education

Explore how to use proliferation of education to support maternal health, childbirth and neonatal health within displaced populations in Lebanon

Student team members: Juan Daniel Caballero, Deena Ismail, Avery Little, Andrew Thornton
Faculty team members: Dr. Sharmila Rudrappa, Dr. Christine Abbyad


South/Southeast Asia and Oceania Region


Developing Equality: Creating a Mobile Application to Address Health Inequalities for LGBTQ+ South Indians

Create mobile and web-based technology to deliver an adapted LGBTQ+ health and sexual health curriculum for regional healthcare providers in Chennai, India

Student team members: Shelby Hobohm, Nima Rahman, Shilpa Rajagopal, Rosaleen Xiong
Faculty team members: Dr. Phillip Schnarrs, Dr. Paul Toprac
Graduate student team member: Aniruddhan Vasudevan 


Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Researching the Role of Cultural Intermediaries in India’s Media Post Section 377

Understand how organizations can successfully use brand strategy and internal policy changes to create LGBT-friendly workplaces, build greater trust with the LGBT community, and successfully use communication to shift Indian attitudes about homosexuality in the aftermath of Section 377

Student team members: Tori Clitheroe, Simi Hassam, Vinit Shah
Faculty team members: Dr. Erica Ciszek, Dr. Kamran Ali

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