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The Mensch Prize at UArizona W.A. Franke Honors College

It is the shared value of The Bill and Dianne Mensch Foundation, Inc. and The University of Arizona’s W.A. Franke 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 Franke Honors students must apply within Scholarship Universe, which provides complete application and award information. Link to UA Franke Honors scholarship page.

2022 Mensch Prize Recipients

  • Farah Sawal (Neuroscience & Cognitive Sciences, Neurobiology, Thematic, College of Science)
    • The Effect of Low-Glycemic Potatoes on Body Weight in a Rodent Model of Obesity
  • Jenna Wise (Emergency Medical Services, Physiology & Medical Sciences, College of Medicine; Spanish, College of Humanities)
    • Empowering eyewitnesses to apply Publicly Accessible Defibrillators [PADs] for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases
  • Braydon Mathis (Biochemistry, Public Health, Health Systems Theory and Practice, Zuckerman College of Public Health)
    • Community Health Needs Assessment that looks at the Southwestern LGBTQ+ youth population to observe and highlight the health disparities within the community in order to create a Program Plan of action
  • Ethan Snapp (English, Literacy Learning and Leadership, Community Education, College of Education)
    • Preaching Fear: The American Pastor in Literature
  • Cristian Chavira (Biochemistry, College of Science)
    • A collapsed fingers subdomain is the basis for DNA Polymerase β I260M mutator activity
  • Raphael Lepercq (Electrical and Computer Sciences, College of Engineering)
    • A Healthy Mobile App: Custom Supplement Recommendations Based on the User’s Laboratory Blood Test Results

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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