SEC University Showcase

Each SEC university had an opportunity to provide information to SEC Symposium attendees as part of the SEC University Showcase. The showcase was located in the Embassy Hall in the International Tower (Exhibit Level LL2) of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and consisted of one display booth per university. Showcase booths on Sunday, Sept. 20 focused on graduate school programs of interest to student attendees. On Monday, Sept. 21, the showcase transitioned to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Below are descriptions of each university's showcase booth.
University of Alabama
Recently selected by the National Science Foundation as an Innovation Corps site, the University of Alabama nurtures its faculty, staff and students in transitioning their entrepreneurial efforts to the marketplace. But, campus ties to creativity and innovation don't stop there. UA's display booth highlights some of its campus-based start-up companies and their economic potential, and, in a live demo, it also presents how a new interdisciplinary student group is exploring creative projects with the aid of emerging technologies. Booth visitors may also learn about innovative graduate programs, including UA's STEM Path to the MBA, a program allowing students to earn an undergraduate degree in four years and an MBA with an additional year of study. The University of Alabama is committed to providing faculty members and students the resources to turn imagination and inspiration into reality.
University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas has more than 4,000 graduate students enrolled in 130 graduate programs, including interdisciplinary programs in cell and molecular biology, environmental dynamics, microelectronics-photonics, public policy, space and planetary sciences, and statistics and analysis. The university's graduate certificate in entrepreneurship is designed to give non-business graduate students a foundation in the core aspects of entrepreneurship they will need to start successful enterprises. During the past decade, student teams in the certificate program have won more than $2.3 million at state, national and international graduate business plan competitions, and since 2009, more than a dozen of those teams have started businesses conceived in the program.
Auburn University
Auburn University's display booth at the SEC Symposium will offer an overview of opportunities for graduate studies which include more than 160 degree programs and 26 graduate certificate programs. The booth will highlight key areas of innovation and entrepreneurship at Auburn, including efforts in the areas of industrialized additive manufacturing (3D Printing) and Radio Frequency Identification. Representatives from the graduate school as well as the Office of External Engagement will be on hand with videos and brochures, as well as copies of the award-winning Auburn Speaks, an annual book series focusing on the role of Auburn research in addressing the increasingly complex issues facing state of Alabama, nation and world.
University of Florida
The graduate school of the University of Florida invites you to stop by its information booth Sunday Sept. 20 and learn about the range of graduate programs at UF. You will meet admission professionals specifically representing graduate programs in the arts, architecture, business, engineering, design construction and planning. On Monday, Sept. 21, the University of Florida is pleased to present information on our creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation programs in the colleges of engineering, business, journalism, arts and many other programs, including UF's Innovation Academy. Representatives will provide information showing how students can engage in specialized education programs in these areas and weave them into their degree programs across campus.
University of Georgia
From robots that perform onstage alongside humans to apps that allow students to learn about the heart through 3D animation, the University of Georgia is pushing the boundaries of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. UGA's many degree and certificate offerings and units active in these areas include the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, the Music Business Program, the New Media Institute and the Interdisciplinary Certificates in Creativity and Innovation and in Entrepreneurship. Further, UGA's Innovation Gateway, created with a goal of moving new inventions and discoveries into the marketplace, supports faculty and students who are moving research from the lab bench to the manufacturing floor. The University of Georgia – advancing our world through the support of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky is one of only eight institutions in the country with the full breadth of disciplines on a single campus, including healthcare, engineering, fine arts, business, education and other colleges. UK offers advanced study in 90 program areas, awarding doctoral degrees in 61 fields, master's degrees in 120 fields, eight professional degrees and five specialist degrees, as well as a unique array of interdisciplinary opportunities in research and education. The Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET) is hosted by the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky and provides opportunities for students to explore innovative ideas, learn to think like an entrepreneur, develop entrepreneurial skills, build professional networks and gain experience navigating the exciting world of startups.
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University includes institutions, facilities and programs in each of Louisiana's 64 parishes with campuses stretching the length of the state. LSU researchers across Louisiana are working on developing a wide-range of innovations to improve quality of life by studying issues such as disease management, advanced medical treatments, obesity, coastal protection, hurricane preparedness, and energy, among others. Louisiana's flagship university is a land-, sea- and space-grant institution with academic programs in all areas of science, engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences. In addition, areas like the Office of Research & Economic Development focus to enhance, expand and positively impact the intellectual enterprise, cultural resources and economic activities. LSU's Innovation Park, a technology-based, university research complex that offers a community for businesses and entrepreneurs to develop, foster and enhance innovation, has helped make LSU a leader in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
University of Mississippi
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi is the flagship university for the state of Mississippi, as well as a sea-grant and space-grant institution. A world-class public research university, the institution has a long history of producing leaders in public service, outstanding academics and innovative research. The university has more than 2,100 graduate students enrolled in 65 master's, five specialist and 42 doctoral degree programs. The university's graduate programs have gained recognition in many academic fields, and the graduate school has been noted for its strong efforts in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. The university has a number of unique interdisciplinary research programs such as in Southern Studies, Gender Studies, Medieval Studies, Natural Products and Supercomputing. Outstanding facilities include the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, the National Center for Physical Acoustics, the new National Center for Natural Products Research Building and the Innovation Hub at Insight Park.
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University's display booth showcases its commitment to solve challenging problems, create knowledge and unlock mysteries for people around the world. The Sunday, Sept. 20 exhibit features the nationally-recognized graduate school, where students in eight colleges are participating in cutting-edge research with a global impact. For a view of even more impressive strides being made by Mississippi's flagship research university, drop by Monday, Sept. 21 to explore the university's ambitious pursuit of research in diverse disciplines ranging from agriculture and life sciences, veterinary medicine, and human health, to engineering and computer technology, to education, social sciences, and the humanities. At Mississippi State, we think inclusively and beyond the boundaries, encouraging boldness, imagination and creativity. For decades, we have been generating leaders, thinkers and problem solvers who are making the world a better place.
University of Missouri
The University of Missouri is a leader in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. To accomplish this, MU has invested in a multitude of resources to aid external collaborators, current students, graduate students, researchers and faculty members in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Visit our display booth for information about these resources and more, including videos highlighting University of Missouri faculty members who have expanded on intellectual property they discovered while researching at MU. In addition, the MU booth will feature information about the University of Missouri, its facilities, clinicians, researchers, faculty members, degrees, graduate programs, online programs and other opportunities.
University of South Carolina
On Sunday, Sept. 20, the graduate school at the University of South Carolina will provide student attendees with general information vital to one's success at USC including, but not limited to, research opportunities, assistantships, funding, professional development and student services. We will also feature information specific to a sampling of USC's nearly 300 graduate programs. These materials, along with other promotional products, will be displayed under USC pop-up banners. On Monday, Sept. 21, the exhibit will highlight USC graduate and research programs that specialize in entrepreneurship and innovation. Presented information will come from all across campus, including programs housed in offices such as the Office of the Vice President for Research, the FABER Entrepreneurship Center, the Darla Moore School of Business, STEM programs, applied visual arts and more.
University of Tennessee
From mentoring student start-ups to leading a national effort with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in advanced manufacturing and composites, the University of Tennessee is a launchpad for aspiring entrepreneurs with big ideas. The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT's Haslam College of Business provides experiential learning, faculty mentors and funding opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Center competitions have awarded more than $350,000 to early-stage ventures including FunLPro, a built-in funnel for packaged fluids; Rentique, a fashion truck renting formal attire; and GuruSkins, a crowdsourcing site connecting artists and adventurers through sales of custom board-sport vinyl coverings. The University of Tennessee offers a cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship minor and an MBA concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Texas A&M University
Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of the educational experience at Texas A&M University. Faculty in multiple disciplines provide high impact entrepreneurial learning experiences, cutting edge research that addresses real world problems, technology transfer, creative endeavor in the performing and applied arts, as well as, visualization for gaming, animation, modeling and fine art expression. Built on the land-grant heritage of applicable creation and dissemination of knowledge, today's teaching, research and service connects students of all ages to the opportunity for personal advancement, while also addressing society's grand challenges. This year's display booth will feature information on graduate and professional studies in these and related fields, as well as highlight programs and initiatives from the colleges of architecture, business, education, engineering, liberal arts and science.
Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University’s showcase booth will feature information on a 21st century sustainable community development that will provide a training site and test bed for Vanderbilt students and professors. Sterling Ranch, a 12,000-home planned community south of Denver, includes commercial space and schools. A team of faculty is working with the developer and its partners to focus on energy, education, and sustainability and environmental quality, creating engineering internships and capstone projects for undergraduates plus research opportunities for professors and their teams. Projects include designing homes and communities with the goal of net-zero for energy use and net-zero for water use and water quality impact, and more.