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 NEWS FLASH dateline 18 September 2018!

Karim Abouelnaga (Cornell ’13), COE,  Practice Makes Perfect, will be honored at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting taking place October 13-15, 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

The meeting will bring together more than 1,100 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, over $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2017 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

Cornell student participants for the 2017 – 2018 academic year:

Commitment to Action submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, working individually or in groups, were selected from thousands of applicants to the Clinton Global Initiative University. Cornell Commitment to Actions will be delivered in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal as well as in the US.

Public Health: Improving the Ghanaian patient experience – Ghana

  • Sena Katako, Mathematics, 2019
  • Dennis Nyanyo, Biology, 2018
  • Samuel Opoku-Agyemang, Computer Science, 2019

Public Health: Early disease diagnosis at reduced scanning time using MRI –  United States initially , then  India

  •  Madhur Srivastava, Biomedical Engineering, PhD candidate 2019

Education: Summer Institute for Creative Arts, Lagos, Nigeria

  •  Oluwakanyinsola Obayan, graduate student in African-American studies, 2019

Education: Youth Empowerment – United States

  •  Deanna Deyhim, Engineering, 2018

Education: Maximus Academy, – Dakar, Senegal

  • Vivian Utti, Computer Science, 2019
  • Adannaya Amadi, Biology, 2018

Environment and Climate Change: Get Them to the Green; Vanderpoel Aquaponics – Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • Dejah Powell, Environmental Science, 2018

Poverty Alleviation: Annabel’s Grocery – Ithaca, NY, United States

  • Yuchen Wang, Economics, 2017
  • Adam Shelepak, Public Policy , 2017

Education: Refugees for Education –  rural Sweden

  • Sofia Olofsson, graduate student Public Policy, 2018

Public Health: For Her, By Her –  Olympia, Washington, United States

  • Adora Nwankwo, graduate student Business Admin., 2018

Education: Never the Less, She Persisted: Girls in STEM Workshop Series –  New York, United States

  • Qiuwei Yang, Engineering, 2018
  • Cynthia Lin, Biology, 2018

Cornell CGI U students are offered special workshops throughout the academic year to help move their individual Commitment to Action forward.

To join the CGI University Network, a university must provide a minimum of $10,000 in funding to CGI student commitment-makers from its campus.  Students and university representatives come together at the CGI U meeting to hear from experts in various fields, brainstorm ideas, share best practices, and form effective partnerships.  Students then return to their campuses and communities to turn their ideas into action, with the support of seed funding and mentorship from their universities.

To learn more about CGI University visit or contact the Entrepreneurship at Cornell liaison Debra Eichten at