• Graduate student Daniel Selva, one of the new MISTI grantees, discusses space strategies with a European student at the "New Space Missions for Understanding Climate Change" workshop.

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MISTI 2.0 selects new grantees

Seven student projects awarded funding.

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) has awarded funding to seven student projects through its MISTI 2.0 initiative. Students will use the grant money to collaborate with international partners in Brazil, France, Germany, Israel and Italy.

Projects funded through MISTI 2.0 nearly doubled in 2010 and included grantees from MIT's School of Engineering, School of Architecture + Planning and School of Science. Of the 17 proposals received, seven were awarded grants. MISTI worked with MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) members to select awardees.

“We noted a dramatic step-up in enthusiasm and thoroughness by the MISTI 2.0 applicants for 2011. The selected students demonstrated real excitement about their upcoming international collaborations," said Robert Kiburz ‘68, SM ’71, a VMS mentor. "It is gratifying to see MISTI picking up momentum in terms of the number of applicants, quality of submittals and anticipated innovation.”

MISTI 2.0 encourages MISTI alumni to build on their international experience by teaming with former host country employees and other relevant partners to pursue collaborative research and projects. By integrating their applied knowledge from MISTI training and internships abroad, students can continue fostering global collaborations between faculty, research scientists and peers and learn how to facilitate projects across cultures. Before departure, MISTI will provide cultural preparation and host an international management workshop.


Winter School Innovation Program, Brazil

Netia McCray, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Physics

Electronic Paper, France
William Doenlen, Department of Chemistry

The Green Giant Tests the Waters: The National and International Impacts of Germany's Budding Wind Energy Program, Germany
Kathryn Dineen, Department of Urban Studies

Integrated Climate Observation from Space using Nanosatellites, Germany
Daniel Selva, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Using novel high-throughput microscopy methods to unravel the role of SUMOylation in regulating proteome dynamics during cellular stress, Israel
Melissa Gymrek, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Mathematics

Characterizing a gold nanoparticle-conjugated anti-tumor drug system with transmission electron microscopy, Italy
Minmin Yen, Department of Biological Engineering, Department of Biology

Researching Prototyping in Mexico, Mexico
Lisa Schlect, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Graduate, postdoctoral, Global, MISTI, Students, Undergraduate, Humanities, Social sciences


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