Graduate Entrepreneurship Awards

Jamin Johnston. Jamin Johnston's proposal, "Improved Carbide Tool Performance for Rock Drilling and Mining Operations using Boride Enhanced Vapor-deposited Diamond Coatings” (faculty mentor: Dr. Aaron Catledge), received one of the first Graduate Entrepreneurship Awards.
Graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to compete for three graduate entrepreneurship awards. The college plans to award three such graduate student projects with $10,000 each during 2014. The goal of the competition is to promote student innovation and entrepreneurship across all graduate programs in the College and is open to all students in all MS and PhD graduate programs.

The graduate students participating in this program will undergo training in intellectual property disclosure and patent filings, and will gain hands-on experience in assessing market and business potential of early-stage technologies. The earliest start date for these awards will be May 1, 2014. An application guideline is available for download.

The graduate entrepreneurship awards are a collaboration of the College, the UAB Research Foundation (UABRF), the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA), and the Innovation Depot in downtown Birmingham.

Submission Deadlines and Questions

E-mail the completed application as a single PDF file to Associate Dean Yogesh Vohra by March 1, 2014. The project's faculty mentor should submit a support letter directly to Dr. Vohra. If you have questions about the awards or the application process, contact Dr. Vohra by phone (975-3675) or email.