Twenty-six U-M Students Headed to Ethiopia Via EM-PACE Grant

More than two dozen University of Michigan students are preparing for a summer research experience in Ethiopia as part of the newly funded Ethiopia-Michigan Platform for Advancing Collaborative Engagement (EM-PACE). The EM-PACE project is supported by the Global Challenges for Third Century grant from the U-M Office of the Provost and seeks to address some of the most pressing problems identified by country leadership and stakeholders in Ethiopia. The one-year Provost grant of nearly $300k was approved in November 2013 and is supplemented with an additional $250,000 in cost-shared funds from the home units of the primary U-M investigators.

Dr. Joseph Kolars discusses the goals of the EM-PACE grant with students who will be working in Ethiopia during Summer 2014.

The students will be working on four different research teams under the mentorship of grant investigators. Team projects will focus on water/environmental science and engineering, science teaching, encouraging private sector engagement, and maternal health technology.  The goal is to help create a sustainable model of collaboration by piloting these interdisciplinary projects and build on existing health-related initiatives pertaining to the environment and science education.

Team members were selected in late February after a formal application process and are meeting weekly with their project mentors. Students leave for Ethiopia in May and will stay between 4-10 weeks. Team mentors will join them for part of their on-the-ground experience. Each student will receive a stipend to cover their living and travel expenses.

The students come from various schools and departments across the University including the Medical School, the College of Engineering, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Program in Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Public Policy.   

Project Investigators and Team Mentors include (in alphabetical order):

  • Allen Burton, PhD, Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Senait Fisseha, MD, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School
  • John Godfrey, PhD, Assistant Dean for International Education, Rackham School of Graduate Studies
  • Lori Isom, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
  • Joseph Kolars, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives, Medical School
  • Nancy Love, PhD, PE, BCEE, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Kathleen Sienko, PhD, SM, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Prashant Yadav, Senior Research Fellow & Director of Healthcare Research, William Davidson Institute

Read more about EM-PACE here.

(note: original article was edited to reflect the increase in the number of students participating: from 22 to 26)