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UI Celebrates Innovation Month in April

April 10, 2017

The University of Idaho celebrates Innovation Month each April to honor the creative and scholarly achievements of faculty, staff and students. Innovation Month features multiple interdisciplinary events from the College of Graduate Studies, College of Business and Economics, College of Engineering and Office of Undergraduate Research.

UI encourages students to explore these valuable opportunities to showcase some of their amazing work and help promote Innovation Month events. The university community and the public are welcome to attend several of the events.

Innovation Month events include: 

Three-Minute Thesis: The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is designed to test the presentation skills of doctoral students, who must effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The event will be 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, and is open to the public. Learn more. 

Innovation Showcase: Innovation Showcase highlights the research and creative successes of graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines. This student competition offers the opportunity to compete for monetary awards through detailed presentations of research findings or creative activity projects. Showcase presentations are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Idaho Commons fourth-floor conference center, and is open to the public. Learn more. 

Visualizing Science Exhibit: The Visualizing Science exhibit brings together teams of outstanding University of Idaho artists, designers and scientists to create visual interpretations of scientific issues important to the state, region and world. The exhibit is open through Saturday, April 15, at the UI Prichard Art Gallery in downtown Moscow. Learn more. 

Idaho Pitch: The Idaho Pitch gives innovators and entrepreneurs from across the university the opportunity to practice their presentation skills, build confidence and learn how to work a reception — while presenting their ideas to a group of business and professional judges. The event will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Idaho Commons Summit Room. Learn more.

Business Plan Competition: This student competition gives students a chance to experience the real-world process of launching a business. Students compete in three tracks: Innovative Venture, Entrepreneurial Venture and New Product Development. The event will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the J.A. Albertson Building, and is open to the public. Learn more.

Undergraduate Research Symposium: This symposium is designed to showcase and celebrate the research and scholarly work in all disciplines by undergraduates. The symposium will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Vandal Ballroom of the Pitman Center, and is open to the public. Learn more.

Engineering Design EXPO: The annual Engineering Design EXPO showcases UI Engineering senior engineering capstone projects, and is the Northwest’s longest-running, interdisciplinary initiative featuring student innovations. The expo is 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Pitman Center. Brent J. Stacey, Idaho National Laboratory associate director for national and homeland security, will provide a keynote address at 2:30 p.m. in the Vandal Ballroom. Learn more.

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Tara Roberts
University Communications and Marketing

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