Interdisciplinary Science and Entrepreneurship Graduate Program

Western Carolina University, 2006 - $9,000

This grant supports the development of a new Masters degree in Science and Entrepreneurship at Western Carolina University. The program seeks to help students launch new products or ventures by having them go through the process of preparing a technical business idea. The Masters degree consists of a three-part curriculum covering the student's scientific area of interest, technical innovation and opportunity, and integrated business skills. Students must complete a technical internship as well as capstone project. The main emphasis of the program is on biotechnology and environmental science, two areas of strength at the university and local industry.