Supporting E-Team Formation in Solving the Economic and Environmental Issues of West Virginia: MIDAS - Turning Ideas into Gold

Marshall University, 2005 - $24,084

In this project, NCIIA supports faculty at Marshall University in developing a new graduate course that promotes and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship applied to real-world environmental problems in the school's home state of West Virginia. Currently, the graduate program culminates with a capstone project that has students look in-depth at an area within their major; however there are no entrepreneurial aspects of the current course, no team work, and no exposure to mentors. The new course, dubbed MIDAS (Marshall Innovations in Developing Applied Solutions) is a new capstone option in which student teams, working with professors and mentors in the field, explore specific environmental problems in the state with the goal of coming up with innovative solutions.