OIA Hosts BSMP Workshop
The Office of International Affairs sponsored a workshop on Dec. 2 in the International Cultural Center's Hall of Nations to familiarize TTU faculty about the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP). The BSMP is a shared effort sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Building on the success of BSMP's first phase, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has promised an additional 100,000 scholarships to focus on the training of students and researchers abroad. Texas Tech University is designated as a host U.S. university for this major initiative sponsored by the Brazilian government.
Attendees had access to a newly developed webpage with information about the BSMP. The General Coordinator of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program provided an overview of the program and answered questions. Additionally, there were panels of faculty, current BSMP students, and staff from the Texas Tech Graduate School and Sponsored Students offices to provide testimonials and procedural guidelines. About 40 TTU faculty attended the Workshop, and President Nellis made remarks about the importance of our active collaboration with the government of Brazil.