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Students, Recent Alumni Invited to Win Funds, Recognition for Global Impact Projects

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute and Office of International Affairs encourage students and recent alumni to apply by Sunday to win UMD’s nomination for the international Universitas21 (U21) RISE Competition.

The new U21 RISE (Real Impact on Society & Environment) Competition aims to showcase student achievement in sustainability and social innovation around the world.

RISE welcomes current projects that focus on global challenges such as affordable and clean energy, gender equality, quality education, or clean water and sanitation, as outlined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

UMD is one of 27 members of the U21 network, which brings together research-intensive universities from six continents to exchange knowledge and perspectives. The RISE Competition follows UMD's hosting of the 2019 U21 annual general meeting in May, when faculty, staff and students welcomed the leaders of U21 universities with the theme “Globalization, Isolationism and the Response in Higher Education.”

Current students and recent graduates (December 2017 or later) are eligible to apply. For details on what types and stages of projects qualify, see the U21 RISE guidelines.

The winning project will serve as UMD’s nominee in the U21 RISE Showcase and Awards and earn a Do Good Institute Accelerator Fellowship and $500 mini-grant, and $750 from the Office of International Affairs. Second place will receive a $500 mini-grant from the institute and $500 from the Office of International Affairs, and third place will get $500 and $250 from the two offices, respectively.

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