Global Brandeis Fund
The Global Brandeis Fund was created in 2008 to enhance the international and global dimensions of Brandeis University. The fund, administered by the Office of Global Affairs with assistance from a faculty-staff committee, provided seed grant money to project teams comprised of faculty, students, staff and alumni. These teams devised a one-year project that would build new partnerships, create new courses or curricular enhancements, or strengthen the internationalization of the Brandeis campus. Project teams developed goals, collaborated with cross-campus groups, and marketed their programs to the broader community. In addition, they used the funds to build sustainable programs and develop further funding possibilities. Seed grants ranged from $500 to $4000.
Over two funding cycles (2008 & 2011), the Fund supported 14 new projects. These new initiatives ranged from the creation of a new study abroad journal to a set of research partnerships with Indian universities.
At this time, we are not accepting any new proposals. However, you can review previous projects and highlights on their progress below:
2011 Funded Projects
Note - this Fund was devoted to teaching and learning
Wander, Brandeis' first study abroad journal
This new, student-produced journal features original writing, artwork, and photographs by students who are studying abroad or have recently returned. The journal is being edited and developed by Jacob Laband '12, Samuel Icaza '12, Jesse Appell '12, Ben Kalman, and Destiny Aquino '13, with assistance from the Office of Study Abroad.
- More details & home page
- Spring 2012 Issue
- BrandeisNOW story
Immigrant Support Services Practicum (ISSP)
This two-credit experiential learning practicum is for undergraduate students interested in social change and action research. It was added to several Brandeis courses in 2011-12, including David Cunningham's "Order and Change in Society" and Chandler Rosenberger's "Introduction to International and Global Studies." The practicum matches Brandeis students with Waltham immigrants, allowing the students to understand some of the social and legal challenges faced by the immigrant population as well as the diversity of that group. The practicum also involves training on cross-cultural analysis and communication. The instructor is Marci McPhee, of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. Please check the Brandeis course catalog for current offerings.
- More details
- Spring 2012 event "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Hands"
A collaborative partnership in global health
This project is being developed by a Brandeis alumnus, Karen Duca (Ph.D. '98 in biophysics), who is currently an associate professor in the department of biochemistry and biotechnology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Duca aims to establish a joint workshop and possible student and faculty research collaborations on global health and development solutions, framed from a West African perspective. In doing so, she will be re-connecting with her former advisers and colleagues at Brandeis. Duca visited Brandeis in spring and fall 2011 to develop the partnership.
A research project on cross-cultural differences in levels of attention and attention spans
Psychology Prof. Angela Gutchess is partnering with a Turkish faculty member at Bogazici University in Istanbul in one of the first studies comparing Turkish and Western populations' memory and attention spans. The project builds on Gutchess' fall semester as a Fulbright Scholar in Istanbul. It involves undergraduate students from several majors and a campus round-table discussion.
- BrandeisNOW story on Gutchess' Fulbright journey
- The Aging, Culture, and Cognition Laboratory at Brandeis
The original 2011 Request for Proposals can be found here.