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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

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H.E.R.O.E.S. Project Leads to First-Ever MSU Collegiate Chapter of the Black Chamber of Commerce

It is widely acknowledged that entrepreneurs are hard-working, persistent individuals who thrive on a challenge.

People who start their own businesses typically possess an idea—maybe even a dream—and will work tirelessly to achieve success. They often start out with the odds against them and face such obstacles as obtaining financial capital, developing purchasing capabilities, and gaining market access. These obstacles can be even greater when the entrepreneur is a member of a minority population and is operating in an urban or distressed region.

Dr. Forrest S. "Sam" Carter, associate professor of marketing in the Eli Broad College of Business and Interim Faculty Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, knows these challenges well and cares deeply about them. That's one of the reasons why his collaborative teaching and research partnerships are designed to provide the knowledge, tools, and practical applications aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs become successful ... read more

Picture from Left to Right -- Mary Cotton, Frank Komara, Carol Monson, and Mary Hughes

A Fellowship of Care: Helping Michigan's Aging Residents Grow Old Gracefully

Ensuring that Michigan's aging population will have the qualified care needed to "grow old gracefully" is the goal of a five-year project led by Dr. Carol Monson and her team of researchers from MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

With an $800,000 U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant, Monson and her team are establishing a statewide system of osteopathic geriatric fellowships that will be focused on the philosophy of optimal aging.

The timeliness of the project is of the essence, as Michigan's large aging population will grow exponentially as the baby boomer generation begins to enter its golden years. Currently, Michigan does not have enough geriatricians or doctors with specialized geriatric training to care for them. "Many hospitals don't have geriatric fellowships," said Monson. "Our goal is to increase the number of geriatricians in Michigan by growing our own." ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Promising New Commercial Technology Applications for Oxygen Sensor Prototype

The Intellectual Property Start-up Project

In all of the first steps taken by an inventor or innovator, one of the most complex involves protecting an invention, prototype, creative concept, literary product, scientific discovery, or even good idea as it proceeds to market availability.

Adam Candeub, professor with the MSU College of Law, is leading a new initiative called The Intellectual Property Start-Up Project that offers information about navigating the legal aspects of intellectual property (IP). The pilot project is a new practice area within MSU Law's Legal Clinic, and includes experts drawn from MSU's alumni and adjunct faculty, student clinicians, and community partners who will work with entrepreneurs and business owners to determine their questions and challenges for legally protecting their ventures.

"Emerging entrepreneurs need expert advice to guide them through the complexity of protecting intellectual property," said Candeub. "Often, they don't even know where to start or what questions to ask." ... read more

Looking for Community Partners

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a community partnership, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


We would like to hear from you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, announcements, or "engaged scholar" project information for future e-newsletters. Send to: engaged.scholar@msu.edu.


MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This program prepares graduate students for careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Community Engaged Learning to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from Michigan State University Press

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