$75,000 Awarded to U-M Student Teams

Elizabeth LaPorte, Program Manager
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Two student-led teams at the University of Michigan have won awards totaling $75,000 in the Dow Distinguished Awards Competition. The winning teams were recognized for their efforts to date and their plans to complete additional work. The teams will use this award to continue implementing innovative sustainable solutions in the coming months.

Large Grant Projects Awarded:

  • $40,000 – Dough, Deep Dive Into Gender and Racial Inequality and Long-term Impacts of Student Loan Debt, Catalina Kaiyoorawongs (Education/Business), Huyen Phan (Information), Victor Poon (Business), Lauren Elbaum (Information), Daniel Tebes (Project Partner), and Jeff Sinclair (Project Advisor).
  • $35,000 – Green Infrastructure, Community Engagement in Green Infrastructure Design, Shannon Sylte (Environment and Sustainability), Kiddus Admassu (Engineering), Ayush Awadhiya (Business), Gwen Gell (Taubman-Urban Planning), April Kwon (Information) and Dr. Mark Lindquist (Faculty Advisor).

Both teams are part of the cohort of 13 Distinguished Award project teams awarded seed grants earlier this year. Teams competing for support include students working collaboratively from at least three distinct disciplines, U-M faculty advisors and a variety of project partners.

Community Engagement
A panel evaluated each of the four teams competing for the Award and represented members of the community, local business and industry included consultant and former Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds, Vice President of the Bank of Ann Arbor Kim Clugston, Vice President at Ann Arbor Spark Bill Mayer, and Sustainability Advocate Anne Wallin.

Project Partners:  Dough - Student Debt: Wayne State University; Green Infrastructure - Eastside Community Network, and U-M SEAS Landscape Architecture Program



2018 Seed Grant Projects - School and Colleges Represented

  • School of Education
  • School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Ross School of Business
  • Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Public Policy
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Literature, Science and the Arts
  • Law School

The Dow Distinguished Awards competition is part of the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program and is open to all U-M Ann Arbor students at all academic levels and the Awards were announced at the fifth annual Dow Sustainability Fellows Symposium. Made possible by The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at U-M supports scholars at the university who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales.

The program prepares future sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to empowerment, and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning, and leadership.

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