Nominations for Foster Center Innovation Awards extended to March 10

Nominations have been extended for the Foster Center Innovation Awards, a recognition and celebration of the students, faculty, staff and alumni who are making entrepreneurial or social impact solutions a reality in Maine and beyond.

This is the second year the Foster Center will host the Innovation Awards in the categories described below. Community nominations will close on Friday, March 10, at 5 p.m.

Awards include: 

  • The Doug Hall Alumni Award (named for Doug Hall ’81, founder of Eureka! Ranch and co-inventor of the Innovation Engineering curriculum first taught at UMaine and adopted by educational institutions in the U.S. and the world) honors an alumnus who is recognized for innovation-driven social, cultural or economic impact in Maine and beyond. Eligible recipients must have graduated from the University of Maine.
  • The Impressive Innovator Award is presented to a University of Maine student who has developed innovative solutions leading to social, cultural, or economic impact on campus or in the wider world. Eligible recipients must be current UMaine students (any level).

To submit a nomination, fill out the online form. For more details on the awards visit the Foster Center website.

University of Maine System faculty and staff may be nominated for the inaugural Presidential Innovation Award. Eligible nominees are those who have translated research discoveries and scholarly activity into products or services that have resulted in economic impact or significant social and cultural benefit in Maine and beyond. Nomination forms for Presidential awards and their criteria can be found online

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Foster Center on the evening of April 13, 2023, as part of Maine Impact Week.