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Month of Innovation Celebrates Research, Scholarly and Creative Excellence at UI

March 31, 2016

The University of Idaho will celebrate the creative and scholarly achievements of its faculty, staff and students with a “Month of Innovation” this April.

The Month of Innovation features multiple interdisciplinary events, including participation from the colleges of Graduate Studies, Business and Economics, Engineering and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

The month begins on Saturday, April 9, 2016, with TEDxUIdaho. The student-led program features 20 speakers and performers talking around a central theme of “Cultivating Curiosity.” Ticket information for the event is available at

The Office of Undergraduate Research will host its first university-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium on Monday, April 11, from 2-4 p.m. in the Idaho Commons Clearwater and Whitewater rooms. All undergraduate students are invited to participate and present their scholarly and creative work. The public is invited to attend the presentations and learn about the student projects. Learn more about the event at

The College of Graduate Studies will have two events in April — its annual Innovation Showcase, and a new Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

The 3MT challenges doctoral students to take their research projects — which can be around 80,000 words — and condense them to a three-minute presentation that the general public can understand. The concept was developed by the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008. Competitions are held in more than 18 countries and 170 universities. UI’s contest is open to doctoral students who have already presented their work to their doctoral committees. First prize is $1,000. The event will be held Tuesday, April 12. Learn more at

The College of Graduate Studies’ annual Innovation Showcase on Thursday, April 14, highlights the research, scholarship and vision of UI’s graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines. During the showcase, students will present their scholarly and creative projects and compete for up to $500 in rewards. The public can view the presentations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14, on the fourth floor of the Idaho Commons. Learn more at

Finishing up the Month of Innovation are signature events for the College of Business and Economics and College of Engineering.

The College of Business and Economics’ 2016 Idaho Pitch and Business Plan Competition, held April 29-30, allows UI students to present their business plans and practice their presentation skills while competition for thousands in prize money to support their idea. Learn more at

The College of Engineering will hold its annual Engineering Design EXPO April 29. About 500 K-12 and community college students from around the region will attend EXPO’s Extended Experience program, where they’ll be able to experience life at UI first-hand. The EXPO features more than 60 teams of UI students presenting their capstone projects. The public can view the projects and watch presentations by the students from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in EXPO Hall — the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center. Learn more at

EXPO will also feature a special presentation by honorary chair and keynote speaker Tom Mueller, a UI alumnus and co-founder of SpaceX. His address will be at 2:30 p.m. April 29 in the Pitman Center’s Vandal Ballroom.

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Savannah Tranchell
University Communications & Marketing

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