Austin Melcher Receives International Education Award from MSU

May 31, 2011

Austin Melcher, a materials science senior with a concentration in environmental studies, received a Homer Higbee International Education Award at an awards ceremony sponsored by MSU’s Office of International Studies and Programs in March. The Homer Higbee International Education Award is designed to recognize MSU students at the undergraduate and graduate level who demonstrate the characteristics Higbee represented. These include making significant contributions to the support of international awareness at Michigan State University through involvement in programs that promote cross-cultural understanding on campus and in the community. Higbee dedicated his professional life to international education exchange during the 25 years that he served in the Office of International Studies and Programs at MSU.

Melcher was one of four students who received the award. He is the student leader of the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience. After participating in various study abroad programs he became interested in how to apply what he learned to create change on a global level.