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UMass Boston receives $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation

Posted by Your Town  August 28, 2013 04:06 PM

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The National Science Foundation has given a $3.1 million grant to UMass Boston, which will be used to fund fellowships in global environmental research.

The university said in a statement that the fellows will study urban coastal management, with a focus on the Horn of Africa.

"What this award represents is another indication of the University of Massachusetts
Boston expanding its reach globally," Chancellor J. Keith Motley said in the statement.
"We are enabling our graduate students to become global environmental problem solvers. Our students who will be fellows in this program will be able to further and apply their innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental problems across disciplines and geographies."

In the fall of 2014, eight fellows will be chosen from students admitted to PhD programs in environmental biology; environmental science; business administration: organizations and social change; and global governance and human security.

The fellows will work outside of their discipline, and be required to take a special set of classes from various colleges and schools within UMass Boston. They will travel to the Horn of Africa, where the fellows will have the chance to study with professors from the University of Nairobi and Addis Ababa University.

“The partnership with higher education institutions in the Horn of Africa will be critical to this program,” Maria Ivanova, co-director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the John W. McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies said in the statement. “Through this lens, students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the challenges faced by urbanizing coastal areas across the globe.”

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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