University of Texas at Austin

Leadership & Projects

The President’s Award for Global Learning is the inaugural program of the International Board of Advisors and a result of collaboration among the President’s Office, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and Texas Global.


Program Administration

Laurie Young

Director of Special Initiatives,
Texas Global

Laura Caloudas

Sr. Program Coordinator,
Texas Global

Margaret Rieley

Administrative Associate,
Texas Global

Fiona Mazurenko

Assistant Director of Communications,
Texas Global

Asher Diaz headshot.

Asher Diaz

Digital Project Manager,
Texas Global


Faculty Committees

A number of committees and working groups contribute to the structure and oversight of the program. These groups are appointed by the Offices of the President and Provost.

Proposal Review Committee

A diverse group of faculty with expertise in each thematic area convene annually to review and select proposals.

  • Committee Chair – Dr. Catherine Weaver, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Dr. Michael Anderson, Associate Professor of Instruction and Director of International Relations and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Chadi El Mohtar, Associate Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Dr. Alex Garcia, Professor, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Carma Gorman, Associate Professor, School of Design and Creative Technologies, College of Fine Arts
  • Dr. Meeta Kothare, Director of Social Innovation Initiative, Red McCombs School of Business
  • Dr. Gregory Pogue, Deputy Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist, IC² Institute

Selection Committee

University leaders and faculty responsible for serving as judges for the pitch competition and recommending teams to be awarded to President Hartzell.

  • Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum, Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement
  • Dr. Ann Huff Stevens, Dean of College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Catherine Weaver, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Dr. Luis Zayas, Dean of Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Steering Committee

Campus administrators and faculty meet biannually to ensure the President’s Award is meeting the academic objectives of the program and furthering the internationalization goals of the university.

  • Dr. Teri Albrecht, Interim Executive Director, Texas Global
  • Dr. Richard Flores, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Deirdre Mendez, Associate Director, Center for Global Business, Red McCombs School of Business
  • Dr. David Vanden Bout, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Natural Sciences
  • Dr. Catherine Weaver, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs

2020-2021 Project Profiles

Headshots of students and faculty for Conversations about Conservation: A Community-Based Research Study to Comprehend Public Engagement in Conservation Initiatives in India.

Conversations about Conservation: A Community-Based Research Study to Comprehend Public Engagement in Conservation Initiatives in India

Asia and Oceania

Implement a community-based research model on local mangrove conservation efforts to emphasize the importance of collaborative approaches to climate change

Student team members: Emily Samson, Yukta Sunkara, Gauree Srinivasan, Sanjna Bhatia

Faculty team members: Jason Cons, Erin Lentz, Deepak Chetty

Graduate student team member: Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda

Headshots of students and faculty for project, Skin Cancer in Singapore: Using Augmented Reality to Promote Skin Cancer Prevention Efforts.

Skin Cancer in Singapore: Using Augmented Reality to Promote Skin Cancer Prevention Efforts

Asia and Oceania

Explore an updated approach to traditional public health initiatives through innovative communication technologies to distribute an interactive and experiential campaign about skin cancer prevention among young adults

Student team members: Neha Momin, Sahar Ali, Daniel Killough, Arman Farsad

Faculty team members: Erin Reilly, Lucy Atkinson, Thushani Herath

Graduate student team member: Sajani Patel

Headshots of students and faculty for project, Fostering Green Entrepreneurialism: A Comparison of Water Conservation Practices and Behaviors in Jordan and Texas.

Fostering Green Entrepreneurialism: A Comparison of Water Conservation Practices and Behaviors in Jordan and Texas

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Compare campus water conservation efforts and overall water conservation technology and practice both in Texas and in Jordan

Student team members: Kisara Dang, Sumaya Daghestani, Abby Partridge, Tanya Raghu

Faculty team members: David Eaton, Lucy Atkinson, Jayme Walenta

Graduate student team member: Amal Bakchan

Headshots of student and faculty team for project, The Case for Connections: Understanding the Effect of Social Networks on the Academic Stress of Undergraduates in Austin, Texas, and Mexico City.

The Case for Connections: Understanding the Effect of Social Networks on the Academic Stress of Undergraduates in Austin, Texas, and Mexico City

Latin America and the Caribbean

Explore the role of social networks on the perceived academic stress levels of Mexican and Texan undergraduates

Student team members: Thomas Dang, Melanie Milligan, Grace Ozor, Mariana Rendon Flores

Faculty team members: Deborah Parra-Medina, Carmen Valdez, Keri Stephens

Graduate student team member: Alfonso Rojas Alvarez

Headshots of student and faculty team for project, Young Innovators: Bringing Inductive Learning to Early STEM Education in Jamaica.

Young Innovators: Bringing Inductive Learning to Early STEM Education in Jamaica

Latin America and the Caribbean

Catalyze the shift toward inductive STEM learning in Jamaican primary students

Student team members: Pearlyn Ang, Christopher Calizzi, Anthony Tang, Catherine Tang

Faculty team members: Melissa Kemp, Hal Alper, Brent Iverson

Graduate student team member: Bernard David


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