ARCS FOUNDATION GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD
Global Health, Public Good and Graduate Education
Case for Professional Development Support
Faculty and graduate students are the lifeblood of research universities. They are essential for the
discovery, creation and communication of new knowledge, and the preservation and conservation
of existing knowledge. They bring fresh perspectives, post new question, and boldly challenge
convention. In doing so, they constantly reshape the face of academic research, keeping it
innovative, exhilarating and vital to the issues of the day. This lens on graduate education is
traditional, time-honored, and one that does not fade away, erode or dilute with the passage of
time and the emergence of change in the academy.
In addition to creating new knowledge, graduate education also contributes to the public good.
Through research, discovery, and programmatic action, graduate education adds to the difference
many organization are making to address the most pressing and complex problems of this day,
especially in areas of health and society. Complex problems are examined through
interdisciplinary approaches that involved multiple disciplines that cross the biomedical and
social sciences, humanities and public health. Advancing research and action in global health is
one of the best examples where multiple disciplines align for research and graduate training that
have a high likelihood of addressing policy, programs and social action.
Graduate students involved in global research issues focus their work on programs and develop