University Innovation Council seeking faculty and staff volunteers  

The Office of Research and Innovation is seeking interested faculty and staff to serve on the University Innovation Council  beginning this fall. 

The Innovation Council assists in running the Explorer Challenge competition and includes student members. The Explorer Challenge provides the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to propose innovative ideas and projects that would help move the Beyond Boundaries Strategic Plan forward. The challenge is designed to encourage piloting of concepts with potential for impact on the university and the broader community, and it requires the integration of inclusive practices. 

Serving on the council typically involves attending three meetings and two special events over the course of the academic year; as well as working together in small groups to review pre-proposals and final proposals. 

For more information, visit the Explorer Challenge website and browse the “Past Awardees” section to see the breadth of ideas that have already been funded.  

Those interested in serving or who have questions about this opportunity should contact Melody Baker, administrative assistant to the vice president for research and innovation.