Nominations Sought for AUNE’s First Annual Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award

The first annual Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award will be given to an Antioch University New England (AUNE) student at the 2013 Commencement in May. The award will go to a student whose graduate work has demonstrated a fresh perspective and an innovative or entrepreneurial approach to scholarship or practice that advances AUNE’s purpose of innovation for a just and sustainable society.

Winners of the Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to work with AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation on the development of an initiative or program related to the work for which the award was given.

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is calling for nominations for the award, with a deadline of February 11, 2013. A nomination must include a letter describing the nominee’s qualifications and at least two letters of support from individuals familiar with the student’s work.

The criteria are:

• The recipient must expect to complete the requirements for an academic degree and be eligible to participate in the AUNE commencement ceremonies during the award year.

• The recipient’s academic work should exemplify the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Innovation includes but is not limited to academic work that:

    • Draws on innovative thinking and/or multiple academic disciplines to understand an issue.
    • Identifies and designs new ways to bring about positive change.
    • Implements innovative solutions to complex social, economic, or environmental challenges.
    • Other ideas or actions that create new pathways for addressing social, economic, or environmental challenges.

For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Kayla Cranston, CAI coordinator, 603-283-2122, email