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Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team

Info Sessions:

  1. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 : 7:30 – 8:30 pm 175 Warren Hall
  2. Wednesday, September 6, 2017: 12:30 – 1:20 pm 102 Mann Library
  3. Wednesday, September 13, 2017: 6:00 – 7:00 pm 102 Mann Library

See the info-session presentation here: SMART Info Sessions 2017-18 Presentation

Application Process:

Application process will commence: September 9, 2017

Application due date: September 22, 2017 (Go to CU Abroad website and click ‘new application’ to apply; deadline is 11:59 p.m. on September 22nd!)

Acceptance decision announced: October 6, 2017

3 pre-departure sessions: Between October 9, 2017- November 30, 2017

In-country projects: Between January 3, 2018 – January 22, 2018

SMART 2018 Projects:

  1. Colombia: FCC – Providing technical assistance to the Federación Campesina del Cauca (Cauca’s Farmer Federation – FCC).
  2. Ethiopia: Dirkosh Crunch – Marketing Dirkosh Crunch injera-inspired chips in new markets in the US.
  3. Ethiopia: Komari – Product development and marketing strategy for Komari’s new alcoholic beverage.
  4. Ghana: Solution Oasis –  Create a marketing strategy for Solution Oasis, a manufacturer of premium natural skincare products from African butters, oils, and herbs for the local and international markets.
  5. Kenya: ILRI– Identify and perform business case evaluations for a private agent of the Index Based Livestock Insurance scheme,  a project is led by a team of researchers within the International Livestock Research Institute.
  6. South Africa: Seven Sisters– Benchmark competitors, develop marketing strategy, and evaluate growth strategies for Seven Sisters, a wine company that wants to diversify into the agri-tourism, events and restaurant business.
  7. South Africa: Herbal View– Create a business plan and marketing strategy that is informed by solid markets analysis and benchmarking of competitors for value added products for Herbal View Hydroponics.
  8. Uganda: Mukumu Fresh Produce Limited– Create a business plan that addresses all aspects of the enterprise including value addition as well as community responsibility for Mukumu Fresh Produce Limited.

The Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Teams (SMART) Program is a unique service learning program of the EMP. SMART brings together teams of both graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff from across the university and pairs them with small companies, organizations, and community groups located in developing countries and emerging economies.

SMART teams work to address a specific need identified by their international partner. Students work on well-defined assignments challenging them to apply classroom knowledge and skills in real world international development settings. students contribute technical assistance and analytical support, present their research and analyses, and then return to Cornell to develop publishable case studies and other materials to enrich learning in university classrooms and executive education programs.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide students with an innovative service learning experience working with underserved businesses, NGOs, universities, and rural communities in developing countries.
  • Offer students a greater understanding of private and public sector led economic development.
  • Improve student’s analytical abilities to develop case studies and other academic analyses of emerging markets issues.
  • Facilitate learning to work in a multidisciplinary team to conduct problem-solving research in emerging markets.
  • Provide technical assistance and analytical support to underserved businesses, NGOs, and communities.

With its internationalization mission, Cornell aims to ensure that international education, research, and engagement are woven into academic life structures that cut across college/department barriers. It encourages international partnerships and engaged learning and research opportunities for students involving meaningful international experiences linked to their curricula. Through the SMART Program, EMP extends this aspiration, provides international service learning and problem solving experiences for Cornell students, and models meaningful engagement with community, government, and emerging markets business partners.

Below are links to blogposts written by students while they were on various 2017 SMART teams.  The blogs offer a unique “Iive action” perspective of each project from the students.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please email Dr Ed Mabaya at em37@cornell.edu or Dr Ndunge Kiiti at nk26@cornell.edu

See the SMART 2018 poster here

 

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