Over $275,000 awarded to Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars

BOONE, NC – The year 2021 marked the fifth anniversary of Appalachian State University Chancellor’s Innovation Scholarship Schemewhich has awarded more than $275,000 to projects with a positive and lasting impact.

“Our Innovation Fellows pursue diverse and groundbreaking projects and provide our students with the opportunity to gain meaningful research mentorship.”

State Chancellor App Sheri Evert

Established by Chancellor Sheri Everts in 2016, the program awarded a total of 30 teams of App State faculty and staff up to $10,000 each from the Office of the Chancellor and the Division of Academic Affairs.

The program supports interdisciplinary teams of faculty and staff thought leaders who work creatively and entrepreneurially to support the university’s strategic initiatives, including:

  • Sustainability in the areas of environment, energy and economy.
  • Diversity and inclusion.
  • Student research.
  • Global learning.
  • Well-being and safety.
  • Community and civic engagement.

“For nearly 125 years, App State has been a university of teaching excellence – one of the key facets of which is research,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts. “Our Innovation Fellows pursue diverse and groundbreaking projects and provide our students with the opportunity to gain meaningful research mentorship.”

Applications are now open to fund projects for the 2022-2023 academic year. App State faculty and staff from all disciplines and program areas are eligible to apply, and all projects must engage App State students. The submission deadline is February 21, and winners will be chosen by a panel of faculty and staff.

Former winners of the Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars program:

In 2021, App State’s Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program awarded five teams of faculty and staff up to $10,000 each. Their projects included developing a support course to improve student success in introductory chemistry classes, a four-year leadership and academic success program for black male students at App State, research examining the use of unmanned aerial vehicle technology to monitor soil erosion, the development of a Spanish for Health Careers minor, and a climate education program.

2020 Innovation Fellows

In 2020, App State’s Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program awarded five teams of faculty and staff up to $10,000 each. Their projects included an immigration awareness and advocacy project, interprofessional leadership and education for the health industry, replenishment tools for App State’s IDEXlab, mobile health technology for rural communities, and designing a program to develop sustainable practices among community and business organizations.

2019 Innovation Fellows

In 2019, App State’s Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program awarded six teams of faculty and staff up to $10,000 each. Their projects included a climate storytelling initiative, a collaboration to improve cybersecurity on campus, the development of experiential-based labs for students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, the design of apiary management software to help meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. development goals, an on-campus financial literacy program, and a climate justice initiative.

2018 Innovation Fellows

In 2018, App State’s Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program awarded five faculty teams up to $10,000 each. Their projects included a program to help businesses improve their sustainable practices, the development of a regional outdoor recreation database, the creation of a mini-theater at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, a local management program food waste and biodiesel research.

2017 Innovation Fellows

In the first year of the App State Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program award, five teams received $10,000 each, and four additional teams received $5,000 each. The top five projects included year-round local food production in App State’s sustainability civic garden, nutrition education for rural populations, robotics for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, micro-enterprise opportunities for students in App State’s Scholars with Diverse Abilities program and biomass research. heating system for greenhouses.

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About the Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program

The Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program supports innovative research and practice by Appalachian State University faculty and staff across all disciplines and program areas on campus. These internal grants are awarded to thought leaders in Appalachia who are working creatively and entrepreneurially to address challenges; creating lasting institutional change; provide community and societal benefits; create opportunities that increase student engagement in research, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship; and promote broad-based sustainability in the areas of economy, equity and the environment. The program is intended to complement other innovation initiatives at the university. Learn more about https://www.appstate.edu/innovation-scholars.

About Appalachian State University

As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and take responsibility for creating a future sustainable for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to gain and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and purpose, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachia is home to over 20,000 students, has a low student-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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