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Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum grants awarded

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Joe Schwartz

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs has awarded $350,000 to 25 faculty projects designed to internationalize undergraduate teaching, learning and research at Cornell. Successful proposals involve faculty and students across eight colleges and schools who are working on projects worldwide.

Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum (ICC) awards are administered by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and by Cornell Abroad. They are intended to expose undergraduate students to different cultures, languages and meaningful international experiences.

Professional and program development workshops are available to ICC faculty grant recipients.

Some of the funded activities involve virtual interactions with international partners. For example, John Forester’s city and regional planning project, “So That Any Student Might Interview Any Planning Practitioner in Any Country,” will embed international perspectives into two courses in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

Others provide opportunities for undergraduate students to learn about new cultures and languages, such as Sujata Singh’s “Service Learning and Language Immersion Course for Hindi” in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition, the grants create new opportunities for undergraduates to participate in meaningful international experiences, such as the “Identifying Healing Plants Used in Maya Culture in Southern Belize” course that take groups of students and faculty to southern Belize to study medicinal plants and preserve this knowledge for future generations. The course was proposed jointly by faculty members from the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and of Arts and Sciences, Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Stacey Langwick and Kevin Nixon.

See the complete list of 2015 ICC grant recipients on the International Gateway website.