UNT presents inaugural Innovator Awards
Four UNT innovators in biology, chemistry and geographical information systems earned UNT’s inaugural Innovator Award from the Office of Research and Innovation.
The university plans to award annually to recognize a faculty member, staff member, graduate student and undergraduate student for finding creative solutions to today’s most pressing issues.
The winners are:
- Guido Verbeck, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute
- Peter Palacios, geographical information system manager for UNT’s facilities department
- Derek Nelson, doctoral student in biology
- Christopher Kennedy, senior biology major
UNT President Neal Smatresk said the university is working to expand its multi-disciplinary work and that the awards, which include cash awards or scholarships and one-of-a-kind sculptures, offer some incentive to make that happen.
“Innovation comes in many forms, and these individuals have more than proven that they are capable of innovating big ideas that can make the world a better place,” says Smatresk.
Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and state.
"We believe strongly that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere – and that it takes special people to bring innovation to light," says Tom McCoy, vice president for the Office of Research and Innovation. “When this happens as it should, the university plays a more significant role in economic development for the region and state.”