Annual UNE Innovation Celebration

UNE recognizes its students' strides as innovators throughout the academic year at the annual spring Innovation Celebration, a series of events showcasing students’ communication, collaborative, and critical thinking skills.

The Innovation Celebration is the culmination of several journeys of creativity, problem solving, and design thinking. It provides our community with a roadmap to the student events, inventions, research, and opportunities that set UNE apart in the realm of innovation.

The celebration takes place during the spring semester and features several events that highlight innovative thinking in several disciplines across the University — from the health sciences and health professions to social sciences, the humanities, and business.

View the full event listing for the Spring 2023 Innovation Celebration (PDF)

If you are a faculty member interested in how to involve your students in next year’s Innovation Celebration, email the director of innovation Justine Bassett.

Innovation Celebration Events

Health Care Story Slam

UNE’s annual Health Care Story Slam brings together members of the health care community to share their stories. Organized by UNE’s Shaw Innovation Fellows, the event provides a powerful way to share diverse perspectives on health care.

Student Innovation Showcase

The Student Innovation Showcase features the student projects that are created in the Makerspace as part of the Maine Ideas Challenge, in which students propose transformative solutions to real-world problems through business and social innovations.

Adaptive Projects Expo

The annual Adaptive Projects Expo is a signature event of UNE’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.O.T.) program in which OT students create devices to assist children with their everyday occupational engagement at pediatric therapy centers and elsewhere.

Spring Interprofessional Poster Session

Hosted by the Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice, this annual event showcases the research conducted by students who have worked across academic disciplines, particularly the health professions, to improve mutual understanding and better patient outcomes.

CAS Spring Research Symposium

At the end of the spring semester, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosts its annual CAS Spring Research Symposium. The event celebrates the research of CAS undergraduate’s performed throughout the academic year. Students display artwork, present posters, and give oral presentations

Adaptive Projects Expo
Student presenting at the Spring Interprofessional Poster Session
CAS Spring Research Symposium