Approved Proposals


The goal of this project is to take a pre-existing S&T product (borate bioglass) and increase it’s clinical market by combining it with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Before taking our preliminary results to clinical trials, further work in an animal model needs to be done to evaluate safety and efficacy.

KMST proposes to form a student news group who will create radio features about interesting activities on and around campus.  These features will be aired regularly during our drive-time newsmagazine programs.

Maker Spaces allow community members to design, prototype and manufacture items using tools and materials that would otherwise be inaccessible or unaffordable. What makes a successful Maker Space? They come in all shapes and sizes, but they all are focal points for tools, projects, mentors, expertise and community. The main idea behind these collaboration spaces is for the free exchange of ideas and creative endeavors. It is about the informal combination of spaces such as labs, shops and rooms supporting ideation, collision, prototyping and fabrication. These elements coalesce to form a compelling argument for learning through collaborative hands-on experience. Currently, Missouri S&T students have limited work spaces where they can go if it is not associated with a specific course, a specific professor’s research or student design competition teams. The campus spaces available for this type of activity are limited (fabrication using robust 3D printers in Curtis Laws Wilson Library and high end sophisticated machining equipment in the Product Innovation and Creativity Center Student Machine Shop). Our university needs to move at speed in order to catch up to our peer schools in the creation of other Maker Spaces which can provide resources to all students that do not exist today at Missouri S&T.


Miner Multi-Media (MMM) is a student-run organization that helps promote student body information through the use of video media. MMM uses video services to market other campus departments, student organizations and their events. Video media is not widely used on campus, and it has great potential to grow and develop at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T). According to a study conducted by Animoto, 60% of millennials prefer to watch a video over reading a newsletter. There is a growing trend of video marketing and it is predicted to reach 79% of all internet traffic in the next few years. Currently, most student organizations at S&T are marketing their events by using the Student eConnection, posting paper flyers, using OrgSync and social media. Although video marketing isn’t a new concept, marketing to S&T students through video marketing is an innovative, new method of promoting on campus events. MMM works with S&T departments and student organizations to create and provide videos they can share on a variety of platforms, increasing the visibility of their department, student organization and events. In order to provide the best quality videos, we are seeking funding for video equipment.

The idea is to design a novel research and development solution for cognitive health assessment and care in elderly people and in patients under rehabilitation. The goal is to design more robust and predictive measures of cognitive health with the help of multi-modal sensing and machine learning based complex sensor data analytics. More specifically, we aim to design smart chair for use during questionnaire based assessment tests, and smart wrist-worn wearable during kitchen-based task quality assessment. The questionnaire and kitchen task methods are frequently used in hospitals to detect cognitive impairment (e.g. due to dementia) and to assess degree of rehabilitation in patients (e.g. recovering stroke patients). But these methods are mostly based on qualitative measures which vary largely due to human observer judgments. In this project we aim to rather design a quantitative performance evaluation method instead, and validate it in the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).

This proposal is focused on using multifunctional magnetic Au-Fe3O4 nanomaterials for early detection of cancer and treatment through magnetic fluid hyperthermia. Densely packed arrays of uniformly sized Au-Fe3O4 nanorods will be grown by a novel protocol developed in the Nath laboratory.

The Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team has a history of innovating and we wish to continue that legacy by developing a miniature rover platform. This scaled version of our current rover will allow new members to develop and test code while they build confidence in their skills and it will also allow for experienced members to test code without accessing a previous competition rover. There is no platform like this on the market and besides providing training opportunities, it can also be used as a recruitment and retention tool for the team.

The Formula Electric Racing team is proposing to design and develop an electric tractive system that includes electric hub motors, a DC/AC motor controller for use in multi-motor systems and the testing equipment required to verify the tractive systems design.

The Innovation in Education Grants  provide funding for faculty to further facilitate learning opportunities in the classroom that prepare students to enter the work force as technically savvy, innovative, flexible and real world-ready employees. Additionally, it provides new career development opportunities for faculty and brings our curriculum up to date with peer universities who are already ahead of us in the following focus areas: creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking and leadership. 

The fuel cell market in North America is projected to grow at almost 40% per year between 2014 and 2019 and power density is the key metric that will give early adopters an edge in terms of market share. All the major fuel cell manufacturers are working on their respective “next generation” fuel cells and we want to position ourselves as a key partner that provides state-of-the-art water management for PEM fuel cells. With the help of our bio-inspired flow fields, fuel cell manufacturers will be able to run their fuel cells at up to 30% higher power density.

Five University Innovation Fellows were invited to the annual meet-up at Stanford from March 17 to March 20, 2016 and are applying for funding to cover only the cost of travel, as lodging and food is provided. The University Innovation Fellows is a program run by Stanford and the National Science Foundation that trains student leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) who, with their training, create new clubs, programs, academic opportunities and entrepreneurial spinouts on their campuses to help grow their I&E ecosystem. This meetup will offer the students the opportunity to meet with Fellows from over a hundred other colleges across the country to discuss their ideas and collaborate on improving our respective campuses.

The workshop will introduce 24 new students interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) to the campus resources available to aspiring entrepreneurs, presentations from Design Team leaders, Entrepreneurship faculty, and a variety of activities centered around design thinking, team-building, and the creative process.

MRDT wants to continue to develop their sample bay in order to not only challenge what other university rover teams across the world have done, but to also challenge what is being done on the rovers currently on Mars. This project would encompass research and development of a quicker drill and sample collection mechanism, sample containment carousel that allows for analysis of multiple samples, new sensors, iterations of the spectrometer, and finally publication of designs and data in order to promote further developments in space technology and to encourage other rover teams to move forward.

The Technical Innovators and Entrepreneurs Society (TIES) would like to record their twice a month speaker series to expose a wider audience to the group's entrepreneurial talks.

A team of three graduate students has proposed an innovative, portable sampling kit for preconcentration of trace metals associated with breast cancer and possibly other cancers using a novel and potentially transformative “green” chemistry approach we have pioneered. Specifically, we have developed two chemically-modified adsorbents derived from rice and soybean hulls that we have shown to have excellent selectivity toward heavy metals and may be further modified to alter selectivity toward specific metal species. 

Staff Council is proposing the following ways to make our campus more appealing: tables or benches be added around campus especially in the center campus area and a mural on the side of Engineering Research Laboratory.

The idea of this proposal is to develop a safe drug delivery system that delivers, and releases toxic drugs only at the target disease site (e.g., breast cancer) without affecting healthy cells in the body. Here, we propose to encapsulate drug nanoparticles, prepared from pure anti-cancer drugs, using a bioresponsive polymer.

The acupuncture MRI probe will afford enhanced sensitivity to detect early-stage disease and provide a high-resolution radial profile of the diseased skin tissue. While the innovative MRI probe is mildly invasive, it offers the advantages of very high sensitivity and specificity, as well as quiet operation. 

This project will use the Missouri S&T solar village as a living laboratory in order to investigate the human side of technology diffusion. Newly developed “smart” power grid systems are designed to control power distribution and usage in homes through sensors, both inside and outside the home. 

“Heartland Synthetic Biology Consortium" will bring together International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) design teams from throughout the Midwest to share ideas, develop collaborations and prepare for the international Giant Jamboree competition. This two day event will bring iGEM teams from throughout the Midwest to present the projects they are working on for the 2016 Giant Jamboree, share human practices ideas and discuss challenges


Tutors will be able to conduct face-to-face sessions using digital copies of student work that can be manipulated quickly, record audio and text elements of tutoring sessions for training purposes, present students with digital versions of relevant resources and tutors will not be tied down to a desktop machine allowing for better interaction.

Funding to support Dr. Bih-Ru Lea and Dr. Donald Wunsch with their project engaging undergraduate and Post Doc researchers to create an in-memory database to support computational model research and visual discovery in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Funding to support the Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by Alpha Psi Omega and Counseling Services scheduled for January 20-25, 2015.  Two performances of the musical, "Next to Normal" will be produced alongside awareness activities such as talkbacks with mental health professionals to help educate and improve the lives of students and our community.   

Funding to support a collaborative event with Leach theater, environmental engineering students, electrical engineering students and artists. A Tesla coil will be built, robotic drums and live instruments will create the fusion of science and music. This performance has been described as rock, electronics, indie rhythms with a splash of punk and pop.

‌Three iPads will be purchased for recording mock interviews. An interview room with an all-in-one touch PC with integrated webcam, a Missouri S&T backdrop and special lighting for web interviews will be created.

Student teams will submit proposals for an Innovation Competition which will be narrowed down to the top 5 projects.  Proposals will be selected based on how it will positively impact current campus needs.  Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, the projects will progress to build a product prototype. In April, 2016, the student projects will be judged to pick a winner.

The Health Hut is a mobile baby gazebo that allows wellness programming to reach students in a variety of locations. This equipment will allow Student Wellness to provide evidence-based programming. 


Approximately ten faculty members from the English department and history department hosted a pizza dinner for members of the Sigma Tau Delta, the History Club, the Dance Club, theater minors and other interested students. During dinner, a screening of the award-winning documentary Behind the White City which explains how the story ballet was inspired by Erik Larson's book The Devil in the White City. After dinner, the group attended the dance performance by Thodos Dance Chicago at Leach Theater.