2023 Innovation Impact Case Award Winners Announced

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has announced the recipients of the Innovation Impact Case Award which recognizes University of Minnesota research that has had significant impact outside of academia.

The award and prize of $10,000 went to two researchers: Devaleena Das, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth, for “Archiving Human Condition to Combat Pandemic-Misinformation” and Sarah Huebner, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, for “Citizen Science and Artificial Intelligence Combined to Conserve Earth’s Natural Resources.” Honorable Mention went to Lucinda Johnson, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, for “Statewide Digital Atlas Provides Free and Easy Access to Mapped Data.”

“We’re incredibly proud of researchers like Devaleena Das and Sarah Huebner, who led teams looking into issues and providing solutions that make a meaningful difference in our communities,” said Shashank Priya, Vice President for Research. “Both winning projects and the honorable mention engaged the public to make our world a better, more responsive and more responsible place.”

The award winners and runner up were honored at a luncheon with VP Priya at the Campus Club on October 2.

Learn more about the 2023 Innovation Impact Case Award winners and their research projects.