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President Hartzell Announces Launch of Newly Conceived President’s Award for Global Learning

May 13, 2021

President Hartzell recently unveiled a new vision for the President’s Award for Global Learning signature program centered on increasing student access and strengthening faculty interdisciplinary collaborations while adhering to student-driven and faculty mentorship foundational principles. 

Launched in 2018 and spearheaded by the International Board of Advisors, to date, 17 teams of 48 students and 19 faculty have received the prestigious award tackling complex topics such as colorism in Ghana, public health in Mexico, and environmental conservation efforts in India.

In late 2020, President Hartzell convened a task force to review the program and recommend changes responsive to the current global environment and embodying the values of the university. 

“The devastating impact COVID-19 on communities around the world has prompted us to reaffirm the importance of academic transnational collaborations to address global challenges,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. “The unique nature of the President’s Award for Global Learning enables students and faculty to explore topics from interdisciplinary and global perspectives and seek solutions that can be implemented across borders.”

The re-envisioned program encourages interdisciplinary faculty teams to submit proposals that address topics in a global context, support project-based student teams with coursework, and are informed by collaboration with international partner(s).

Travel for students and faculty to the project site(s) is fully supported for up to two trips and a total of four weeks abroad. Additionally, faculty teams receive $5,000 to support the student projects and class activities, and individual faculty members each receive $9,000 honorarium.

Faculty proposals are due July 12, 2021. The deadline for student proposals will be in November 2021, with more information forthcoming. Application and information session details can be found on the President’s Award for Global Learning website.


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