Accelerate UConn's Spring Cohort concluded on Friday, April 8th, with presentations by team participants, followed by short introductions of "next-step" services available either on campus or through partnerships with UConn. Students and Faculty participated in a semester long intensive program, while maintaining their regular schedules of research, teaching, assistantships, and managing their own course work. Read more about this program below.
It all started a couple of years ago, with a mid-career crisis shortly after the relief of obtaining academic tenure. I was successful by the traditional metrics of academia—publishing papers, procuring grants, training students—but I no longer felt like that was enough. I wanted my work to make a positive difference in the world, but I didn’t really know how to make that happen. If you had found yourself sitting next to me on a plane and asked me why taxpayers should be funding my research into soil microbes that do important things like clean our water and recycle plant nutrients, I would have given you a finely crafted answer about how my work helps better predict carbon cycling and informs policy. But the truth, I felt, was that it was several steps removed from making a tangible difference. Read the full article here.
UConn's CT Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation offers I-Corps training to scientists, faculty, and students who want to move their research beyond the labs and help solve real-world problems. Innovative members of the UConn community are encouraged to check out our programs.