Global Engagement Opportunities

Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas

The purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas is to identify and fund the most outstanding projects, proposed by members of the MSU Honors College, which will serve dire human needs in countries other than the U.S. The grants must be used within a 12-month period to make an impact that will help alleviate dire human needs. The amount awarded depends on available funds and project scope. Typical grant funding is $1,200 for a Level I award and $1,800 for a Level II award.

Click here to learn more about the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants selection criteria and application procedure. (PDF)


Ted x Fulbright Live Stream Event

When: Saturday April 5, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: International Center Room 115, MSU’s Campus

An international group of Fulbright alumni will field a TEDx event on Saturday April 5 in Washington, DC, centered on the theme "We must dare to THINK unthinkable thoughts," the still radical vision of U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright.
Visionary, dynamic, and succinct talks will be delivered by established and up-and-coming Fulbright alumni, based on the TED conference structure. Fulbright alumni, current and potential Fulbright applicants, Visiting Fulbright Fellows and Scholars, as well as interested students, faculty and staff members may come for the whole event or drop in as their schedules allow. During breaks we will skype into the Experience Lab to connect with participants at the event.

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MSU Humanitarian Engineering Symposium

When: April 16, 18, & 23,  2014
Time: 10:20 am
Where: 165 Communication Arts Building, MSU’s Campus

ME 491 International Humanitarian Engineering Students will be presenting their design solutions to key developing world challenges. The students were asked to contemplate how they might develop engineering design projects that could contribute to alleviating dire human needs.  Project demonstrations will be featured at this symposium. In the past, this has included seed dryers, thrashers, pressure cooker pots, clean stoves, solar ovens, portable water pumps, rope pumps, treadle pumps, maize flour processing, and fruit drying machines that reduce post harvest losses.  Many of these projects will be field tested and utilized by partners in MSU international development projects around the globe.