Awards and Highlights - July 2016

​​CMU student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Edgerton, Ohio, senior Lindsay Pringle was awarded $3,000 for a fall semester study abroad trip to study Japanese language at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship is a competitive scholarship sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute for International Education. ​

CMU alumnus awarded 2016 Thomas Jefferson Ingenuity Award

CMU alumnus James Reinecke was honored for his biomedical research on the complexities of Alzheimer's disease using fly proteins. The Thomas Jefferson Ingenuity Award is given to a graduate student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for their ingenuity in their doctoral research.   

CMU awarded $35,000 grant for mathematics collaborative research

Ben Salisbury, mathematics faculty, recently received the Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians for an application titled "Crystals and Combinatorics" from the Simons Foundation. This grant funds collaborations in the mathematics field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.

$2.2 million HRSA grant to support CMU-affiliated neurodevelopmental disabilities leadership education program

MI-LEND — comprised of Central Michigan University and five other Michigan universities — will benefit from a $2.2 million, five-year grant awarded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities Maternal Child Health Training Program, or MI-LEND. MI-LEND addresses the complex needs of individuals with autism and other disabilities by increasing the training of medical, doctoral and postdoctoral students in the early identification and scientifically validated treatment for these children. Other universities include Wayne State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, University of Michigan–Dearborn and Western Michigan University.

Fermentation science program ranked second in North America

CMU finished as the top fermentation science program in the United States and second in North America at the U.S. Open College Beer Championship. The program earned a medal in every category entered including gold for the Black Stallion Imperial Stout, silver for the Holzfaller Lager and Victory IPA, and bronze for the Caber Tosser Scottish Ale.

Alternative Breaks program ranked statewide and nationally

CMU's Alternative Breaks program ranked No. 1 in Michigan and in the top five in the nation for the 2015-16 academic school year. Read more here.

CMU student engineers prosthetic hand for child with disability

Austin Brittain, Breckenridge sophomore, created a Captain America-themed 3-D printed prosthetic hand for an 8-year-old Muskegon Heights boy:

CMU celebrates 50 years on Beaver Island

CMU's Biological Station on Beaver Island celebrates its 50th anniversa​ry this year as an important outpost for university scientific research and summer courses. Read more here.

Pathways scholars participate in program's first-ever study abroad

Six students spent three weeks learning throughout England during the first-ever CMU Pathways program study abroad experience. The Pathways program is focused on academic student success and designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation students at CMU. Read more here.

CMU named a top minority degree producer for 2015

Central Michigan University has been named one of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine's 2015 top 100 institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. CMU is ranked for degrees conferred for several of its undergraduate programs as well as for master's and doctoral degrees conferred.

CMU ranks 48 in the top 50 colleges for tuition assistance

A Military Times analysis using data from the Defense and Homeland Security departments for fiscal year 2015 has ranked CMU No. 48 for number of military students using tuition assistance. CMU is the only Michigan institution on the list and one of only 19 public institutions.