Honors & Recognition
Innovation and discovery have always been a proud part of the University's history. We celebrate the achievements of U of M researchers and the breakthroughs that result from their efforts.
These innovations provide growth opportunities for businesses, benefit the public good, and improve quality of life in Minnesota and beyond.
Celebrating University Innovators
In collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, we regularly host an event to honor the outstanding faculty and staff from the University research community.
As part of this event, we announce winners of the Innovation Awards—a set of peer-nominated awards that recognize researchers for their contributions at various stages in their careers and in the commercialization cycle.
The categories are:
- Early Innovator Award: Recognizes a researcher who has been at the University for less than six years, has demonstrated an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit, and is actively engaged in developing new innovations and moving those technologies to the market.
- Entrepreneurial Researcher Award: Recognizes a researcher who shows an exemplary entrepreneurial spirit by their initiative to develop new technologies and move those technologies from the lab to the market.
- Impact Award: Recognizes a researcher whose innovation has most positively and most broadly impacted global society and improved quality of life.
- Committee’s Choice Award: Recognizes an outstanding researcher or group nominated in any category who has developed a successful innovation and brought it to market, including those that did not require patenting.
2017 Innovation Awards
Early Innovator: Mikael Elias, College of Biological Sciences
Entrepreneurial Researcher: Marc Hillmyer, College of Science and Engineering
Impact: Perry Hackett, College of Biological Sciences
Committee's Choice: Amy Hewitt, College of Education and Human Development
2014 Innovation Awards
Early Innovator: Kechun Zhang, College of Science and Engineering
Entrepreneurial Researcher: Daniel Voytas, College of Biological Sciences
Impact: Robert Vince, Academic Health Center