The University Record, December 18, 2000

U-M receives two grants from the Alcoa Foundation

By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services

The University has received two grants from the Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Foundation’s Campus Partnership Program.

The International Institute received $47,600 for academic year 2000-01 to enhance the development of global awareness of U-M students in fields related to business, science, engineering and technology. The grant will support competitive recruitment of a diverse group of students to participate in an Alcoa Seminar, “Science, the Professions and Global Diversity,” in April 2001. The participating students will then undertake summer international internships partially supported by Alcoa Travel Grants. The Alcoa Seminar will be directed by Brad Farnsworth, director of the Center for International Business Education, and Mark Wilson, associate professor of biology and epidemiology.

Upon the completion of summer internships, those participating students will submit narrative reports and serve as peer advisers in informational workshops for other students considering overseas projects.

The International Institute also will organize a public Alcoa Distinguished Lecture on Science, the Professions and Global Diversity during winter term 2001.

The Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Minority Engineering Program Office (MEPO) and the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives to support Scholar Power FORUMS for science, engineering and math students from underrepresented minority groups. The Office of the Provost will provide matching funds for the project. The FORUMS will address solutions and resources in areas of academic performance such as balancing academic, social and work life, and successfully taking exams.

Alumnus John Collins III, vice president of Alcoa Inc. and president of Alcoa Mill Products in Bettendorf, Iowa, is the company’s ambassador to the U-M. This is the third year that U-M has received grants from the Foundation. Previous grants supported MEPO’s summer Engineering Academy and the Center for the Education of Women’s Junior Women Faculty Network.