For the third year, three 乔治亚大学 programs have been selected as finalists for national awards recognizing innovation in economic development. UGA is the only university that has had three finalists for three consecutive years.

该 Carl Vinson Institute of Government 和 J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development,这两种单元, 太阳城最新官网-备用网站和 新材料研究所,的一个组件 研究UGA办公室 在根 工程学院, are among the 24 finalists for the University 太阳城备用网站 Association 2019 奖项 of Excellence. UGA’s finalists are in different categories and will not compete with one another.

UEDA represents higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders across North America. Entries were judged by a panel of university and economic development professionals based on the alignment of their institution’s core mission activities with regional economic development goals.

Categories include innovation, talent and place, as well as the intersections of those three categories. Criteria for judging included originality, scalability, sustainability, impact 和 feasibility of other organizations replicating the initiatives in their communities.

程式 selected as finalists are:

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  • A youth leadership program incorporated into a Loganville, Georgia, high school, developed by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. 该 Youth in Action program empowers students to facilitate their own goals and establish themselves as leaders in the school community, serving on steering committees that help school administrators develop ideas for school improvement. Since the curriculum was introduced in 2015, high school graduation rates have increased from 78.3% (2013-14) to 86.2% (2016-17) and are well above the state average of 81.6%. (Talent category.)

“It is a validation of our work throughout the state of Georgia as the land- and sea-grant institution that we have had so many finalists for these awards,” said Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach. “We are honored to be recognized in so many different areas.”

  • 该 UGA New Materials Institute as a model for industry engagement and collaboration with higher education research. In the 新材料研究所, faculty work with public and private partners to pioneer systems and materials that promote a circular economy, meaning that products are recovered and recycled at the end of their useful lives. 程式 range from innovative waste management systems to biodegradable materials that meet the high expectations of both industry and consumers. Most importantly, the institute trains the next generation of engineers and scientists to use this holistic approach. (Innovation category.)

“I am pleased that UEDA recognizes the value in connecting translational research units like the 新材料研究所 with a range of industry partners to spark new ideas and advances in areas of societal need,” said Vice President for Research David Lee. “We believe our approach with New Materials is replicable across a range of research areas and applications. It has tremendous advantages: for the university in supporting our research, for the partner industries in pushing their R&D forward, and for the public who will ultimately reap the benefits of these collaborations.”

Winners will be announced during the UEDA Annual Summit in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2019.


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