KUTV did a story about Philosophy student Mohan Sudabattula and his non-profit, Project
Project Embrace collects durable medical equipment to give to people in need in Utah
and around the world and is run by Sudabattula and two other University of Utah students.
Right now, Project Embrace is getting equipment from individual donations, and even
finding it in scrap yards. They also largely fund their humanitarian trips out of
their own pockets. They hope to set up collection facilities around the community
to get more supplies.
Philosophy Undergraduate Selected As 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardee
Lydia Morley, an Undergraduate student in the Philosophy Department was selected as
one of the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardees by the Office of Undergraduate
Research Opportunities. The undergraduate research students were nominated by their
faculty mentors in conjunction with their colleges and schools for their commitment
to developing research skills, their active participation in research-related activities
on campus, and their positive contributions to their department, college, and University
as a whole.
Morley was nominated by Philosophy Chair Matt Haber. “Lydia embodies precisely what
we want of our undergraduates doing research,” Haber said. “She dove into the research
task I assigned her and came out of it proposing an original and very creative research
problem. She independently developed a strategy for effectively investigating this
problem, producing two research posters along the way (which were accepted and presented
at conferences). She is now turning this into a manuscript, which I’m confident will
eventually get published. It’s truly a success story, and a wonderful demonstration
of the sorts of skills that we look for in our most promising students.”
“Matt Haber is one of my academic heroes,” Morley exclaimed. “When I met him, I was
interested in using philosophy to understand and interpret evolutionary biology and
vice versa, but I didn't really know how to apply it. Luckily for me, I got to take Haber's
philosophy of biology seminar, and it opened up a whole new world of inquiry for me!
From there, he continued to nurture and direct my curiosities, and to facilitate some
of the most rewarding undergraduate experiences I have had.”