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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Advancing an entrepreneurial mindset

With a nearly $600,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation and Carolina's inclusion in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, the Department of Applied Physical Sciences will launch a new undergraduate program that is infused with an entrepreneurial mindset.

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Students work on projects in the BeAM (Be A Maker) Design Center in Murray Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. February 15, 2019. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The UNC College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Applied Physical Sciences is already educating the next generation of groundbreaking and entrepreneurial scientists in its nationally ranked graduate program.

Now, thanks to a nearly $600,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s inclusion in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, the department is set to design and launch a new undergraduate program that is infused with an entrepreneurial mindset.

As a member of KEEN, the University joins the ranks of 48 partner institutions across the U.S. — including Duke University, Wake Forest University and Campbell University in North Carolina. KEEN partners share a mission to develop best practices in education and advance an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate students.

“UNC-Chapel Hill has made a pledge to be ‘strategic, bold, and student-focused,’ and we have implemented this vision with initiatives that promote entrepreneurially minded learning to transform undergraduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill,” said Terry Rhodes, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “This makes KEEN a natural fit for our university and the Department of Applied Physical Sciences, which seeks to apply scientific discovery to real-world challenges, creating lasting value for our society. Through our relationship with KEEN, we are excited to build on our existing foundation to educate students who are prepared for the 21st-century workforce.”

Read more on the College of Arts & Sciences website.