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The Mensch Prize at UA Honors

It is the shared value of The Bill and Dianne Mensch Foundation, Inc. and The University of Arizona’s Honors College to empower students to reach their full potential and create value for the world around them.

Embedded intelligence (EI) is a foundation for understanding the world around us. EI empowers people to use knowledge and to connect their learnings to new ideas and innovations. EI is characterized as the ability to (1) Sense, (2) Process what has been sensed, (3) Communicate internally and externally, and (4) Actuate (SPCA) that which is beneficial for the survival of not only the entity itself but also others as well. Living in our world in joyful harmony is the goal of embedded intelligence.  Students should review the following pages to learn more about The Mensch Foundation, Bill Mensch, and Embedded Intelligence.

Award Information: The Mensch Prize provides six $1,000 prizes to UA Honors students working on a thesis topic that best embodies the Theory of Embedded Intelligence.

Application Process: UA Honors students must apply within Scholarship Universe, which provides complete application and award information.

2021 Mensch Prize Recipients

  • Sophia Bragg (Nursing, College of Nursing)
    • Investigating the ways care can be improved for the homeless community suffering from diabetes mellitus.
  • Collin Eckhauser (Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
    • How is climate change impacting your respiratory health?
  • Gabrielle Gubka (Physiology, College of Medicine)
    • Epidemics and pandemics throughout history challenge not only the vitality of those experiencing them but these people’s perception of the work and their role.
  • Kat McGee (Communication, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Computer Science, College of Science)
    • UX Design and its benefits to those who are less technologically inclined
  • Claire Rosenberger (Physiology, College of Medicine; Spanish, College of Humanities)
    • Exploration of sexual health education programs and their relation to reproductive health disparities
  • Raj Watson (Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy)
    • Possible link between statins and breast cancer

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