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Research Colloquium Series

Since 2009, the U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor for residencies generally lasting six months.  While on campus, the scholars, representing a wide range of disciplines, further their research with a U-M faculty mentor.

This colloquium series is where each UMAPS fellow will present their work in a session of an ongoing monthly series which is designed to increase skills in effective communication, promote dialogue on topics, and share the UMAPS scholar’s research with the larger U-M community.


October 6 – Michigan League (Koessler Room)

Ian Bekker, North-West University, South Africa: “Phonologisation in South African English (Heritage)”

Hiruy Tefera, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia: “A New Paradigm for Museum in Ethiopia (Heritage)”

Netsanet Weldesenbet, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia: “Urban Histories and Memories: Memories of Asmara from Ethiopia, 1950s-1970s (Heritage)”


November 3 – Michigan Union (Pond Room)

Thabit Jacob, University of Dodoma, Tanzania: “Large-Scale Investments in Natural Resources and the Return of the State: The Case of Coal in Tanzania (ASRI)”

Babajide Ololajulo, University of Ibadan, Nigeria: “Crafting Development: Oil Communities and the Politics of Interventions in Nigeria (Heritage)”


December 8 – Michigan League (Koessler Room)

Dagnachew Belete,  Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia: “The Challenge of River Water Pollution and the Potential for Sustainable Storm Water Management in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (STEM)”

Zerihun Workneh, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia: “Biochar-based Urine Processing for Efficient Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in Agriculture (STEM)”


January 12 – Michigan Union (Pond Room)

Priscilla Mante, Kwame  Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana: “Investigation of Possible Mechanisms of Action of Cryptolepine Hydrochloride as an Anticonvulsant (STEM)”

Samuel Johnson, University of Liberia, Liberia: “Developing Teaching-Learning Modules for General Chemistry at the University of Liberia (STEM)”


February 2 – Michigan League (Koessler Room)

Gerald Walulya, Makerere University, Uganda: “The Press Coverage of Elections in East Africa’s One Party Dominant States: A Comparative Study (ASRI)”

Moses Flomo, Cuttington University, Liberia: “The Impact of Low Density Polyethylene (Water Sachets) on the Mechanical Property of Cement Mortar (STEM)”

Fitsum Andargie, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia: “Accelerating Computer Vision Using Mobile GP GPUs (STEM)”