A group of freshmen from UT’s Haslam College of Business spent part of their winter break in Cuba. They returned not only with fun memories, but also cultural insights that will help them as they continue their studies. The students were in the 2016 First-Year Experience in Cuba program, which seeks to engage business students with global business issues and expose them to study abroad opportunities.
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Seven UT students are among the more than 850 American undergraduate students from 359 colleges and universities across the country selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, allows students to study or intern abroad during the spring
The Center for International Education awarded 124 undergraduate students Study Abroad Undergraduate scholarships totaling $152,500 for the spring 2017 semester and spring break study abroad programs. This highly successful scholarship program is made possible by student fees and donations. The Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship is merit and need based and ranges in value from $750
Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.
Four students have been awarded a combined total of $35,000 in grants from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to help fund their participation in CIEE Open Campus programs for the spring 2017 semester.
Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.
When Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a UT professor of geography, heard about the forest fires threatening Gatlinburg, he was not surprised. For years, Grissino-Mayer has been giving talks throughout Tennessee and the Southeast on the subject “Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Flames?”
When an 8-magnitude earthquake struck Yingjie Hu’s home province of Sichuan, China, in 2008, he was more than 1,000 miles away attending college in Shanghai. While Hu wanted to help, there wasn’t much he could do due to the long distance. Since then, web-based mapping platforms have been developed that enable volunteers to participate in remote disaster response. Hu, now an assistant professor of geography at UT, and his colleagues have found a way to make the process more effective by developing an algorithm that indicates which areas need detailed mapping first.
A group of UT students will award $30,000 among 14 area nonprofits at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, in Room 501 of the Haslam Business Building. The presentation, as well as the process of choosing which nonprofits would receive funds, is part of Alex Miller’s nonprofit management class. Miller described the course as an opportunity for students to learn through service and experience.