The event celebrates research, innovation and startups made possible through numerous campus partnerships.
WHEN: Monday (March 28) through Friday (April 1)
EVENT: The fourth annual Discoveries to Impact Week (DTI) will be held March 28 through April 1. DTI is a week-long celebration of research, engagement, innovations and startups.
The week will include two dynamic keynote speakers, the 14th annual Undergraduate Research Conference, the Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER) Undergraduate Research Scholars Banquet, a Visual and Performing Arts exhibition at the First Friday Art Trail, the fourth annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium and the Texas Tech Accelerator Competition.
The Texas Tech Accelerator Competition will be held April 1 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Innovation Hub at Research Park. The competition will give startup companies the opportunity to win $25,000 grants, co-working space and mentors with acceptance into the Texas Tech Accelerator Program.
To end the week, DTI will host a closing ceremony on April 1 from 5-6 p.m. at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. This ceremony will feature an awards social with over $200,000 awarded to various students, faculty and startup teams.
All events are free and open to the public.
Speakers throughout the week will include:
Shirley Matteson – Associate dean, College of Education
Rebecca Hite – Assistant professor, College of Education
Mellinee-Lesley – Professor, College of Education
Raegan Higgins – Associate professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and faculty fellow, Office of the Provost
Jesse Starkey – Doctoral student, graduate part-time instructor, College of Media & Communication
Jon McNaughtan – Assistant professor, College of Education
Jessica Gottlieb – Assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership & Counseling, College of Education
Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer – Assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Nora Griffin-Shirley – Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership & Counseling, College of Education
Elizabeth Stewart – Doctoral student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies, College of Education
Devender Banda – Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling, College of Education
Ana Torres – Instructor, The Teacher Education Program, College of Education
Aaron Zimmerman – Assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Rene Saldana – Associate professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Tim Dallas – Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
Nancy Trevino – Director, Texas Tech Mental Health Initiative
Marcus Bullock – Entrepreneur, justice reform advocate and TED Talk speaker
Lawrence Schovanec – President of Texas Tech University
Kimberly Gramm – Associate vice president, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Ryan Bain – Administrator, Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE)
Levi Johnson – Director, TrUE
Julie Isom – Associate director, CISER
Taysha Williams – Senior director, Innovation Hub at Research Park
John Opperman – Vice chancellor, Texas Tech University System
Birgit Green – Assistant vice provost, University Outreach & Engagement
Joseph Heppert – Vice president, Office of Research & Innovation
CONTACT: Taysha Williams
Senior director, Innovation Hub at Research Park, Texas Tech University