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INSPIRE wins 2016 Andrew Heiskell Award

On January 26, the Institute of International Education announced the winners of the 2016 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the INSPIRE partnership was selected as the winner in the category for International Partnerships, in recognition of "strategic, comprehensive and innovative international partnership efforts."

Read the IIE press release.

Read about INSPIRE on the IIE site.

Marie-Sklodowska Curie Awardee based at Illinois

Dr. Zhu Diao of the SU Department of Physics is the winner of a SEK 5.8M Marie-Sklodowska Curie International Career Grant funded by the European Commission and the Swedish Research Council for the project Experimental Thermo-Magnonics: Coupling Heat Currents with Magnon Excitations in Nanostructured Magnetic Insulators. Dr. Zhu will spend the first two years of the three-year project in Urbana, working with Prof. David Cahill in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and will then return to Stockholm University for the final year of the grant.

Scholarship opportunity for Master's level studies at Stockholm University

The Kungstenen Foundation in Stockholm has committed funds for a scholarship to cover tuition and living expenses at a total value of $56k for an Illinois student who is accepted into one of 75 two-year, English-language Master's programs offered in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences at Stockholm University.

To be eligible for the Kungstenen Scholarship, a student must be in the final year of a Bachelor's degree at the U of I or a recent graduate. The application deadline for Stockholm University Master's programs is January 15, 2016. A Scholarship motivation statement must be sent to tuitionfeescholarship@su.se by February 1, 2016.

View the detailed instructions for the Kungstenen Scholarship.

Michael NelsonMichael Nelson, an M.A. student in European Union Studies was the recipient of the first Kungstenen Scholarship from Stockholm University in 2014.

Listen to an interview with Michael from 2014

View a recent interview with Michael from Stockholm University


Innovation Immersion Program

The Innovation Immersion Program (IIP) was founded in 2012 by group of MBA students at Illinois under the advisorship of Dr. Rob Valli. Since then, IIP has grown to become an international, student, fee-based consulting organization with chapters at KTH (where it forms a key component of the INSPIRE partnership), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, UNIST in South Korea, and in Taiwan and Israel.

View a video of the IIP Spring 2015 convention in Stockholm:


New NSF Engineering Research Center

On October 15, 2015, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova officially launched the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS), an $18.5M Engineering Research Center based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center, which is a collaboration with Howard University, Stanford University, and the University of Arkansas, includes KTH Royal Institute of Technology as one of two international partners. The relationship with KTH builds on INSPIRE-funded exchange of faculty, research staff, and students.

Follow this link for photos from the launch

Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

The innovative summer course Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic brings together faculty and students from KTH and Illinois to pursue interdisciplinary studies in Arctic resource management, geopolitics, indigenous culture, geology, and climate change.

Follow this link for the KTH course site

In this intensive five-week program, program participants learn about issues related to climate change and human presence in the Arctic from interdisciplinary perspectives.  UIUC students participate together with students from KTH-Royal Institute of Technology and spend two weeks in the Arctic. In 2015, field sites were located in Northern Sweden, with time spent in Kiruna, followed by a stay in the Swedish mountains at the Tarfala Research Station, and ending with a stay at the Abisko Research Station near Lake Torne Träsk.

View blog posts describing the 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 programs.

View the following video describing the 2012 program:

View an additional short video from the 2012 program

2014 Nordberg INSPIRE Scholar-in-Residence and Student Scholar Awards

The 2014 Nordberg INSPIRE Scholar-in-Residence Award, supported by a donation to INSPIRE from H. Gerald Nordberg, Jr. and Linda Nordberg, is given to Prof. Boris Shapiro of the Department of Mathematics at Stockholm University. Prof. Shapiro, whose selection was nominated by Profs. Yuliy Baryshnikov and Hal Schenck of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mathematics, will visit the Urbana campus in the fall of 2014 to deliver a series of talks, and interact with faculty and graduate students, on the topic of applied topology. The INSPIRE program will provide $5k to defray travel and hosting expenses associated with this visit.

Two undergraduate students are the recipients of the 2014 Nordberg INSPIRE Student Scholar Award, a $2,500 scholarship funded by H. Gerald Nordberg, Jr. and Linda Nordberg in support of a study-abroad experience at an INSPIRE partner institution. Amanda Steelman, a Mechanical Engineering junior, spent the spring 2014 semester on an exchange with the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, with a focus on energy and sustainability. Lisa Feldman, a Marketing junior, spent the spring 2014 semester on an exchange with the Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University.

Fulbright-Uppsala University Distinguished Chair

Prof. Ramona Curry of the Department of English has been awarded the Fulbright-Uppsala University Distinguished Chair in American Studies for the period January through June 2015. The position will allow her to teach at Uppsala, and continue her ongoing collaboration with Prof. Jan Olsson and Dr. Marina Dahlquist of the SU Department of Media Studies.

Prof. Curry's collaboration with Stockholm University has also supported a semester-long visit to Illinois by Kim Fahlstedt, a graduate student from the Department of Media Studies, in 2013. An immediate outcome of this collaboration is a recent essay published in the prestigious quarterly Film History, which features Mr. Fahlstedt's research on American cinema in relation to Chinese immigrants/citizens in San Francisco in the first quarter of the 1900s,

What's up with INSPIRE?

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View an archive of 2013 INSPIRE-related activities

View an archive of 2012 INSPIRE-related activities

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