Texas Tech University offers many opportunities for students to engage with faculty and industry professionals in creative and innovative ways. Through the Innovation Hub at Research Park, undergraduate and graduate students alike can take advantage of programs designed to help them turn great ideas into successful business ventures. Programs such as Hub Camp, Red Raider Startup, and iLaunch Competition mentor aspiring entrepreneurs through ideation, team formation, customer discovery, rapid prototyping and pitching in a can-do environment to create and launch realistic business plans.
The university’s newest undergraduate research initiative, the Program in Inquiry and Investigative Thinking (Pi2 for short), pairs first-year students with faculty members in diverse areas of study – everything from arts, culture and music to engineering, mathematics, health and science. Students learn how to conduct research and, in their sophomore year, progress into the labs of their faculty mentors to work toward breakthroughs and greater understanding in their fields.
But Texas Tech firmly believes that innovation shouldn’t be limited to students and professionals within their respective fields. To promote multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary innovation, the university also offers Double-T College, a new series in which the university’s leading faculty showcase their disciplinary and pedagogical expertise to an open audience inclusive of students, faculty, and staff. These one-time sessions require no homework and no tests – they are simply an opportunity for people to learn about something that interests them outside of their own field. And just maybe, it will prove to be a launching ground for previously unimagined innovations.
As we say at Texas Tech, “From Here, It’s Possible.”