U of M named finalist for innovation award

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Today, the University of Minnesota was named a finalist in the “Innovation” category of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ 2015 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Awards. The awards recognize leading universities’ exemplary, innovative and sustainable efforts to advance the engagement and economic well-being of their regions.

“As the state’s research university, the U of M is uniquely positioned to bring innovative ideas into practice,” said Maura Donovan, Ph.D., executive director of U’s Office of University Economic Development. “This ‘finalist’ designation shows the University’s ongoing dedication to putting its research to work in the form of new public- and private-sector partnerships that can help grow and diversity Minnesota’s economy.”

To apply for the award, an institution must first have been previously designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity university. The U of M, which received the designation in 2013, is one of the 30 institutions across the nation that holds this title.

APLU will announce one winner in each of the three award categories — innovation, place and talent — on Nov. 17. In addition to choosing a winner in each category, APLU will also select a finalist as the winner of the Economic Prosperity Connections Award, which recognizes the institution that best draws connections across two or more of the award categories.

For more information, see the APLU press release.

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