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Josh Apte – President’s Award for Global Learning at UT Austin

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Dec. 3, 2018

Assistant Professor Josh Apte and a research team of undergraduate students are inaugural recipients of the President’s Award for Global Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. This award aims to empower students and faculty to examine real-world challenges and enact solutions.

After a highly competitive process, teams were chosen to receive up to $25,000 in funding and travel monies to implement research, social impact and entrepreneurship projects in seven regions across the world during summer 2019.

One of seven award-winning, interdisciplinary teams at UT Austin, Apte and four undergraduate researchers will investigate how low-cost pollution sensors can fill critical air pollution knowledge gaps in India on the project “South Asia – Clearing the Air: Using Scalable, Low-Cost Sensors to Address India’s Air Quality Knowledge Gaps.”

Student team members are from the Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and the Red McCombs School of Business. In addition to working with Apte, they will engage with Professor David Eaton from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Projects were judged on several criteria, including the expertise of the students and faculty members on each team, the interdisciplinary mix, commitment of the international partner and history of collaboration with UT, feasibility, sustainability, and contribution/applicability to the university and Texas.