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Chemistry students shine Georgia Southern’s name abroad.
August 14, 2019
This summer, Drs. Rafael Quirino (Chemistry) and Matt Flynn (Sociology) were awarded the “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund” from the MetLife Foundation to jump-start an exchange program between Georgia Southern University (GSU) and the University of Brasilia (UnB) in Brazil. As part of the initiative, 8 GSU students, including 3 Chemistry majors (2 graduate, 1 undergraduate) visited UnB while the Chemistry Department at GSU received 4 Brazilian students (2 graduate, 2 undergraduate) for two weeks. The exchange students at both Universities visited companies and research labs involved in sustainable technology. The students prepared research samples in Brazil and analyzed them at GSU. While in Brazil, the group of GSU students appeared on the local news <link to article> while visiting a computer Recycling plant. The recycling plant is managed by a NGO (Programando o Futuro) and finances its operation by selling recycled plastic to Hewlett-Packard.
For Drs. Quirino and Flynn, the events this Summer represented an opportunity to bring GSU’s name abroad and consolidate important collaborations to enhance the impact of research projects developed on our campus. The internationalization of our research brings another dimension to our every-day efforts.