June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
The Beta Project was created to inspire and support innovation in engineering students at XX University. Each academic term, student teams are invited to submit brief proposals for up to $1000 in funding to purchase materials and equipment for prototype development. Proposals are screened by the Innovation Council, which consists of faculty, staff and community members. If the proposal passes an initial screening, the student team is invited to give a 5 minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the Innovation Council. A simple majority vote of Council members decides whether the project is supported. In addition to funding for hardware and supplies, students with winning proposals are provided a faculty mentor and, as needed, access to lab space and other equipment. Since inception the Beta Project has received 259 applications and agreed to fund 124 projects (48%). However, despite impressive results in some projects, several of the approved projects have stalled or been abandoned by the student teams. We summarize the experience with the Beta Project and discuss our current understanding of how to increase student participation and success of projects funded by the program.
Jetter, A. J., & Recktenwald, G. W. (2017, June), Fostering Student Innovators through Small Prototyping Grants - Student Engagement in the Beta Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28383
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