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Center for Student Innovation

Pitch Contest!

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The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) at Booth Library invites underrepresented, undergraduate student teams to share ideas and technologies that will solve a specific problem. Each team will pitch its idea of how to solve the problem that they identify and describe using the resources that are currently available in or could be purchased for the library’s CSI. Winning proposals will generate funds to purchase technology for the CSI Booth. In addition, winning team members will be awarded a scholarship toward their tuition.


Application opens – November 16, 2020

Application deadline – Midnight CST on February 19, 2021

Winners announced – March 24, 2021

½ tuition stipend awarded – April 2021

½ tuition stipend awarded – September 2021

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General photos of CSI early Nov 2020

About the CSI

The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) is a newly developed space located on the first floor of Booth Library. It includes three large areas: an Active Learning Classroom with integrated Design Lab and adjoining breakout rooms; an Innovation Gateway and Community Wall; and a Collaboratory. Renovation of the first phase of the CSI project -- the Active Learning Classroom, Design Lab and breakout rooms  -- was completed in November 2020.

Renovation of the first phase was possible thanks to a grant from the Charleston Area Charitable Foundation. The renovation included new flooring, electrical and Internet upgrades, updated lighting and paint. The space is home to a variety of new technology, including a podcasting studio, gaming computers, 3D printers, Google jamboard, large computer monitors and a green screen, purchased with a grant from the Illinois State Library.

Programming in the CSI is expected beginning in the spring semester of 2021. The Faculty Development and Innovation Center plans a series of Teaching and Learning Communities to meet in the Active Learning Classroom. Graduate assistants will be hired to oversee the space and implement a technology checkout system. The technology will be available for use by students and other library patrons, with training by GAs and library staff. More information on the availability of the CSI will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

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