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August 22, 2023 | Tom Ballard

U News | MTSU receives NSF award to advance quantum information science and engineering

Other news items come from Southeastern Conference members Auburn, Arkansas, and Georgia, as well as Florida State.

From Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU):

The Murfreesboro-located institution was the only recipient of funding in Tennessee under the National Science Foundation’s recent announcement of $38 million to advance quantum information science and engineering (QISE). According to the news release, an MTSU researcher received a Track 1 award of up to $800,000 over a period of three years for a collaboration with an institution with extensive QISE experience. The project is titled “Quantum@MTSU: Building QISE Research and Education in Middle Tennessee.” A total of 22 awards were made.

From Auburn University:

As a member of the Southeastern Conference’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Consortium, Auburn University has made “Teaching with AI@Auburn” available for the faculties of all 14 of the conference’s universities. The program is an eight-part module dealing with pedagogical practices and the creation of hands-on assignments. It combines research advancements with feedback from students and instructors focusing on everything from AI basics to complex constructs and tools. Auburn also has joined the SEC’s efforts to answer questions regarding how faculty can go about effectively using AI in instruction and scholarship.

From the University of Arkansas:

The University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host the annual Arkansas Commercialization Retreat this September. The two-and-a-half-day event is intended for faculty members and other researchers across the state who are interested in commercialization but may have little to no prior experience.

The retreat will be held September 21-23 and is open to any faculty member or researcher with an affiliation with one of four partner institutions: the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Arkansas State University; and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Topics include intellectual property 101, business model development, understanding the needs of customers, funding opportunities for early-stage technologies, the art of the pitch, and how to apply for federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants.

From the University of Georgia (UGA):

The Georgia Kickstart Fund is a student-managed venture capital fund that invests up to $100,000 in UGA student-run businesses annually through privately funded seed grants of $500-$10,000. The Fund is composed of 11 partners and 11-15 associates who review companies seeking funding.

Initially funded through a grant from a UGA Alum to the school’s Entrepreneurship Program, follow-on donations have come from the SunTrust (now Truist) Foundation and others. There are currently three types of awards:

  • A starter grant of $500 to $1,000 for anyone looking to get a business idea off the ground;
  • A regular grant of $1,000 to $5,000 for businesses that are already established and ready to scale; and
  • A follow-on grant of $5,000 to $10,000 for start-ups that are previous awards and need capital to continue to scale.

From Florida State University:

A new partnership between Florida State University (FSU) and Domi Station aims to fuel existing entrepreneurial endeavors and spark new ones throughout the community. The agreement with the Tallahassee-based business incubator and co-working space stands to benefit both FSU and Domi Station, said Susan Fiorito, Dean of the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship. 

“Students from the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship have long had a working relationship with Domi Station and have benefited from its entrepreneurial community interactions and mentoring opportunities,” she said. “We are thrilled to have the support to continue to grow this relationship between FSU and community entrepreneurs.”  

In addition to providing start-ups with access to affordable office space, Domi Station offers a range of resources and services to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Since its founding in 2014, Domi Station has helped launch dozens of successful businesses, creating over 1,000 jobs and economic opportunities throughout Tallahassee. 

The partnership will allow Domi’s members greater access to FSU’s vast research and development resources and let them tap into campus mentorship and networking opportunities. FSU faculty and students will be able to collaborate with DOMI businesses on research projects and internships. 

More information can be found here.


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