Tulane University has received the first ever Excellence in Innovation Award from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The $100,000 award recognizes the work of the university’s Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.
The Taylor Center encourages students, staff, faculty, and community members to develop innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
“Phi Kappa Phi is delighted to recognize Tulane University with its first Excellence in Innovation Award,” said Mary Todd, Executive Director of the Society. “The Phyllis M. Taylor Center’s emphasis on the interdisciplinary intersection of thought and action reflects Phi Kappa Phi’s own multidisciplinary nature, while engaging Tulane students and faculty in creative applied learning both on and beyond their campus.”
Tulane went through a two-part screening process along with six other semi-finalists and was then selected as the inaugural winner by emeritus presidents and provosts. The university will accept the award in Atlanta in July.
“We are thrilled to receive this honor which recognizes Tulane’s efforts to educate and inspire its students and researchers to pursue world-changing ideas and innovation,” said Tulane President Mike Fitts.