Tuesday, October 07, 2014
TU designs model to engage STEM students in study abroad opportunities
The University of Tulsa Center for Global Education (CGE) has received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to promote study abroad in engineering, physics, geology and geophysics.
The $25,000 grant leverages a commitment by TU to increase student mobility and address institutional barriers that prevent students from studying abroad.
TU, in collaboration with Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) of Campinas-SP, Brazil, will enact a model for engaging U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students with study abroad opportunities in Brazil and provide an introduction to energy-related geology, geophysics and Portuguese language titled “Descobrindo a Terra: Exploring Geology and Geophysics in Brazil.” The program will constitute the first of a five-year initiative to deepen and broaden collaborative activities in Brazil. Associate Professor of Geosciences Bryan Tapp, Professor of Spanish Bruce Willis and the Society of Exploration of Geophysicists helped design the TU program.
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas program aims to reach at least 100,000 U.S. students studying, training or researching abroad in the countries of the Western Hemisphere each year by 2020. An equal number of students from other countries are likewise expected to learn and train in the United States. The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is a partnership of the U.S. Department of State, NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Partners of the Americas.