At the May 2014 commencement ceremonies, Antioch University New England will award the second annual Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award to an AUNE 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 the Center for Academic Innovation on the development of an initiative or program related to the work for which the award was given.
AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) has issued a call for nominations. Nominations should be submitted to Center director Abigail Abrash Walton (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the nomination deadline of Monday, February 10, 2014. An application shall include:
* a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s qualifications; and
* at least 2 letters of support from individuals familiar with the student’s work (including a letter from the student’s advisor).
The CAI’s Council on Academic Innovation, consisting of AUNE trustees, alumni, and other innovation experts, will serve as the award selection committee. The committee will receive and review nominations and letters of support from members of the AUNE faculty or others.
Criteria for the review the nominations include:
- 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.
- Recipient’s academic work should exemplify the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation includes but is not limited to:
- 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.