The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) was launched in 2011 as a joint initiative by Brazil’s Ministries of Education and Science aimed at strengthening and expanding the country’s competitiveness in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Formerly known as Brazil Science Without Borders, the program is part of a larger effort to train 100,000 Brazilian students and researchers by 2015 in the world’s top universities for STEM studies. Approximately half of those students will study in the United States through a program administered by the Institute for International Education. This diverse group of emerging student leaders will have the opportunity to engage in a year-long exchange experience at a US university, further developing academic and research ties between the United States and Brazil. After completing their programs in the United States, the Brazilian students return home to complete their studies in Brazil.
UT has already welcomed a number of BSMP students, and we are looking forward to hosting an even larger group for the 2013-2014 academic year.