MIDLAND, Mich. - January 17, 2013
Forty masters and professional-degree students from eight schools and colleges at the University of Michigan are beginning the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program today, marking the first cohort of fellows in the program launched last spring.
Established through a six-year, $10 million gift from The Dow Chemical Company, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program supports U-M graduate students and postdocs who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. The program aspires to prepare future sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide.
“We need to equip our leaders of tomorrow with an education experience that mirrors the real world they are inheriting,” said Neil Hawkins, vice president of EH&S and Sustainability for Dow. “That world requires unprecedented collaboration across professions and topics to institute change that we will all benefit from.”
“We are thrilled to announce this first cohort of Dow Sustainability Fellows,” said Donald Scavia, special counsel to the U-M president on sustainability. “To see so many different schools and colleges represented shows both the breadth of our students’ talents and the multifaceted nature of global sustainability challenges.”
These new masters and professional-degree fellows hail from schools and colleges throughout U-M, including architecture and urban planning, art and design, business, engineering, law, natural resources and environment, public health, and public policy.
“We went through a very rigorous nomination and review process,” said Andrew Horning, acting director of U-M’s Graham Sustainability Institute, which administers the fellows program on behalf of the university. “These fellows represent some of the highest-caliber interdisciplinary thinkers at the university — and, undoubtedly, some of the future sustainability leaders for our planet.”
In addition to receiving a $20,000 stipend, each masters-level fellow will participate in monthly seminars and workshops, team projects, co-curricular activities, and other exercises designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. They will tackle water, energy, health, transportation, the built environment, climate change, biodiversity, human behavior, and other environmental and social challenges.
For more information about the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program — including a list of the masters and professional degree fellows — visit the U-M Planet Blue website at http://sustainability.umich.edu/education/dow.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
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