International Institute awards eight faculty grants

The International Institute at Mississippi State has awarded eight faculty grants as part of its inaugural International Working Group program. Successful proposals coincided with the university’s strategic research focus areas, including environmental sustainability, food safety and health, and international development.

Awards ranging from $2,500 to $4,000 were designed to stimulate international interdisciplinary research and outreach, while also serving to catalyze MSU’s partnerships with other universities and organizations abroad.

The International Working Research Groups, listed alphabetically by the lead coordinator, are:

-- Allen, Peter, “Funding Initiative for Strengthening Aquaculture & Fish Health,” partnering with Food & Agriculture Organization, Makerere University & National Agricultural Research Organization.

-- Capano, Craig, “Improving the Fish Drying Process at the Lake Mburo Fishing Community,” partnering with Makerere University.

-- Chen, Chih-Chia, “Health and Well-being in Autism,” partnering with National Kaoshiung Normal University, Taiwan.

-- Chen, Lei, “Additive Manufacturing with Bamboo,” partnering with Nanjing Forestry University and Zhejiang Science & Technology University.

-- Freeman, Matthew, “Socioeconomic Impacts of Aquaculture Fish Disease in Africa,” partnering with Food & Agriculture Organization.

-- Khaitsa, Margaret, “Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Uganda: Impact on Food Security & Public Health,” partnering with Makerere University, Food & Agriculture Organization & Veterinarians without Borders.

-- Ralston, Margaret, “Social Capital in South Africa,” partnering with University of Free State, University of Cape Town, Ministry of Science & Technology.

-- Schauwecker, Timothy, “Comparative Analysis of Watershed Management Planning and Processes,” partnering with University of Catania, Italy.

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