Announcing the 2021 Small Seed and Sustaining Innovation Funding Recipients

Educational Innovations at the Minnesota State system office is pleased to announce the 2021 innovation funding recipients for small seed and sustaining innovation funding projects. Recipients were chosen based on the outcomes of a competitive review program and received up to $10,000. Review teams were comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, and students from the Minnesota State system.

The recipients will be recognized formally at the Shark Tank Open event on Thursday, April 8, 2021 where Minnesota State faculty and staff will also pitch their innovative ideas in an effort to receive the large seed innovation funding – up to $25,000.

Learn more and register for the Shark Tank Open, Innovation Expo presentations, and Innovation Workshops at www.MinnState.edu/Shark.

Small Seed and Sustaining Innovation Funding Recipients

Project TitleCampusType of Innovation Funding
Expanding Research Opportunities with Wildlife Tracking TowerAnoka-Ramsey Community CollegeSmall Seed Innovation Funding
Connecting Bemidji State University’s Students, and Their Students, With Diverse TextsBemidji State UniversitySmall Seed Innovation Funding
Northwoods Queer OutreachBemidji State UniversitySustaining Innovation Funding
Indigenous Students in Psychology TrainingBemidji State UniversitySmall Seed Innovation Funding
Evaluate the question “What Does Racial Equity Mean to Us?”Lake Superior CollegeSmall Seed Innovation Funding
Engaging Faculty in FYE Learning CommunitiesMetropolitan State UniversitySmall Seed Innovation Funding
Metro State Queer Peer Education Program (QPEP)Metropolitan State UniversitySmall Seed Innovation Funding
First Generation College Students AnthologyMetropolitan State UniversitySmall Seed Innovation Funding
Building a Culturally Responsive Student-to-Student Mentorship Training ProgramMinneapolis CollegeSmall Seed Innovation Funding
GRIT ProgramMinnesota State University MoorheadSustaining Innovation Funding
A Peer-Team Mentoring Approach for American Indian Students: Enhancing Academic and Personal Skills to Promote High School Graduation and College CredentialingSouth Central CollegeSmall Seed Innovation Funding
Early Childhood Education AI Lab SimulationSouth Central CollegeSmall Seed Innovation Funding
Expanding Access for a Social Virtual Reality Learning PlatformSt. Cloud Technical and Community CollegeSustaining Innovation Funding
Bridges Health: Sustaining the Mission through Ongoing InnovationWinona State UniversitySustaining Innovation Funding

Visit the Innovation Gallery to learn more about innovation projects happening at campuses throughout the Minnesota State system. More details on the small seed and sustaining innovation projects will be added to the Innovation Gallery soon!

Questions? Contact Stephen Kelly.

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