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Minority Students Visit Singapore


Faculty and students from the UT System visited the National University of Singapore in October.
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Faculty and students from the UT System visited the National University of Singapore in October.
 
Dr. Benjamin Flores, Principal Investigator of the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and a group of seventeen faculty and undergraduate students from the University of Texas System visited Singapore in October.

The group attended a global conference on the future of cities organized by the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology and initiated discussions with the engineering and science faculties at the National University of Singapore about research exchanges.

Funding for the trip was provided by the US National Science Foundation.

“The UT System Alliance recently expanded its activities to introduce under-represented minority students to opportunities in science and engineering research abroad,” said Dr. Flores. “The trip to Singapore was a perfect opportunity to expose minority students to state-of-the-art research facilities in this modern city-state.”

As a result of the introductions made during the Singapore trip, the University of Texas Alliance hopes to send at least 9 undergraduate students in science and engineering to Singapore next summer for a 10-week research experience.

“This is a good start,” said Dr. Andrew Wee, Dean of Science at the National University of Singapore. “We hope that this initiative will be the first step toward more collaborations in other areas of research and education in years to come.”