BOONE, N.C. — The year 2021 marked the five-year anniversary of Appalachian State University’s Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program, which has awarded more than $275,000 to projects creating positive and lasting impact.
Established by Chancellor Sheri Everts in 2016, the program has 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 are working creatively and entrepreneurially to support university strategic initiatives, including:
- Sustainability in the areas of the environment, energy and economics.
- Diversity and inclusion.
- Student research.
- Global learning.
- Wellness and safety.
- Community and civic engagement.
“For nearly 125 years App State has been a university of teaching excellence — a primary facet of which is research,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts. “Our Innovation Scholars pursue diverse and groundbreaking projects and provide opportunities for our students to gain meaningful research mentorship.”
Applications are now open to fund projects for the 2022–23 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 due date for submissions is Feb. 21, and award winners will be chosen by a panel of faculty and staff.
Past awardees of the Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program:
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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 throughout all disciplines and program areas on campus. These internal grants are awarded to Appalachian thought leaders who work creatively and entrepreneurially to address challenges; create lasting institutional change; provide community and societal benefits; establish opportunities that increase student engagement with research, creativity, innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship; and promote broad-based sustainability in the areas of economics, equity and the environment. The program is intended to complement other innovation initiatives at the university. Learn more at https://www.appstate.edu/innovation-scholars.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, 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. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.