Brazil Scientific Mobility Program at UGA

Athens, Ga. – Eight university students from Brazil are studying at the University of Georgia through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), which provides scholarships to the best students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from Brazil for a year of study abroad at the world’s top universities.
The program is a joint initiative funded by the Ministry of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. In the United States, the program is administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE).

The BSMP students at UGA are studying in the fields of biomedical sciences, kinesiology, animal sciences, renewable energy, computer systems engineering, biology and management information systems. According to Dr. Kavita Pandit, Associate Provost for International Education, “the academic and research collaborations between UGA and Brazilian institutions have been growing over the past few years and the BSMP students at UGA will only deepen these partnerships.” 

“Having this group of students at UGA is a total plus for them and for us,” said Julie Escobedo, education abroad advisor in UGA’s Office of International Education and program advisor for the BSMP students. “As the students get cultural and academic experience, they also have the opportunity to get involved and share knowledge at a Research I university in the United States.”

Yuri Pedroni Prado, a major in computer systems engineering from the University of Caxias do Sul, is taking classes in the College of Engineering.  “I see this opportunity as something really important because it can broaden my horizons in the field,” said Prado. “When I return to Brazil, I particularly want to contribute bringing knowledge and different points of view that I’m learning here.”

Kaya Sumire Abe, a major in computer systems engineering, from the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná also is studying at the College of Engineering. “As I come from a small technology institution in Brazil, UGA has been an exclusive experience that I never had as college student in my university,” Abe said.  

Tâmara Dauare de Almeida, a major in biomedical sciences, from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, is taking classes at the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute. “While at UGA I hope to gain the perspective from U.S. about the science and methodology,” de Almeida said. “This is very important because in science and research most of the protocols, reagents kits and machines came from the U.S.” 

Wagner Palacio Pessoa, a major in management information systems, from the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, is studying at the Terry College of Business. “It is a great opportunity that every university student shouldn't let it go away,” Pessoa said. “It will be very helpful for my career from now on, since having an experience like that will be remarkable on my curriculum. I see this exchange as opportunity to open my eyes to other fields and to think ‘outside the box.’”

Other students participating in the program are Juliana Ciarlini, from the Universidade de Brasilia, Lucas de Melo, from the Universidade Federal do Ceará, and Mauricio Schiavo from the Universidade de Caxias do Sul.

After completion of an academic year, the students will return to Brazil to complete their degrees. 

About the IIE – Institute of International Education
An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. The institute fosters mutual understanding, develops global leaders, and protects academic freedom worldwide through educational exchange and training programs that advance the vision of Opening Minds to the World®.