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Faculty Awards

Annual Awards

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

The annual Washington State University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award honors a WSU faculty member whose scholarly contributions and associated outreach efforts have measurably and significantly improved the lives of people through engagement with industry or other elements of the private sector. This award may recognize contributions by faculty from any academic discipline and at any stage of a research, clinical, or tenure track appointment.

Consistent with the highest goals of a land grant institution, this award highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of WSU faculty in activities that raise visibility or deepen external partnerships with the private sector, including industry, philanthropic, advocacy, and other organizations. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award recognizes WSU faculty who, through their scholarly and creative work, have made notable contributions to both their fields of research and scholarship, and to the public through entrepreneurial endeavors or industrial engagements. The award demonstrates WSU’s commitment to fostering a culture that supports research and outreach that will create positive economic and societal impacts through workforce, innovation or community development.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member whose distinguished innovation and outreach activities involving industry or other elements of the private sector have produced a measurable societal impact.

The criteria for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award are as follows:

  • Recognized as an outstanding innovator within their academic discipline;
  • Leadership role in either an entrepreneurial or research focused effort to translate scholarly and creative academic work that has yielded measurable societal impact via interaction with industry or other elements of the private sector.
  • Spearheading collaborative research or scholarly efforts with private organizations that have led to an economic or societal impact of innovations at WSU.
  • Sustained, high impact contributions to WSU’s land grant mission via innovation, entrepreneurship, and private sector engagement.
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