Waves of Innovation II

As Pepperdine looks to the future and strives to make its educational and student experience even better, and its operation more agile, efficient, and sustainable, it is turning to its community for their help and ideas. The University has embarked on its 2nd annual Waves of Innovation initiative to inspire, engage, and motivate faculty, staff, and students to re-think Pepperdine, to share their innovative ideas and help shape its future.

Participation is easy. Simply fill out a short form and share your idea (or ideas). Successful submissions will be eligible to move into Phase II and receive development grants to help them take their proposals to the next level of completion. Phase II winners will receive additional funding to facilitate expansion and implementation of selected concepts.

Last year's winners were awarded over $448,000. The bottom line...the most innovative ideas, those with the greatest potential impact, will be rewarded.

Applications for Waves of Innovation II are now closed.
Applications for Waves of Innovation III are welcome beginning spring 2016.


Waves of Innovation - Announcements

Waves of Innovation II Phase I Applications Under Review

The Waves of Innovation Committee is reviewing the 90+ Phase I applications received by the October 15, 2014 deadline.Thank you to all who submitted their ideas!

Over the next few months a great deal of work will be going on behind the scenes, including the following.

  • The Waves of Innovation Committee will review the applications and pass its recommendations to President Benton in mid-November.
  • President Benton will announce Phase I winners by early December.
  • Phase II participants will receive development grants to prepare a more thorough proposal and ready their Waves of Innovation Talks for the February 5, 2015, event in Smothers Theatre at 7 PM. Phase II winners will be announced that evening and will be awarded implementation grants. All are welcome to attend.

Winners from Waves of Innovation 2014

Rhiannon Bailard (Pepperdine University, Staff) — $150,000 award
The Eden Project

Teri Tompkins (Graziadio School of Business and Management, Faculty) — $83,000 award
Designing a Curriculum and Delivery System for Next-Generation Executive Students

Mark Chen (Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Faculty) — $82,800 award; People's Choice Award: $1,500
Gameful Design Lab

Joe Fritsch (Seaver College, Faculty) — $69,300 award
Biodegradable Plastics Prepared with Optimized, Environmentally-Friendly Catalysts

SueJie Oh and Jennifer Escoto (Seaver College, Undergraduate Students) — $35,000 award
College Connection

Michael Ditmore and Ted McAllister (Seaver College and School of Public Policy, Faculty) — $26,400 award
Pepperdine Executive Preceptorial

Watch Waves of Innovation Talks 2014