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Waves of Innovation

As Pepperdine looks to the future and strives to make its educational experience even better, and its operation more agile, efficient, and sustainable, it is turning to its community for its help, for its ideas.

The University has launched Waves of Innovation, a cornerstone initiative created 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 submit an idea. We will review each submission and successful submissions will receive grants to help them take their proposals to the next level of completion in Phase II. Phase II will provide additional funding to facilitate expansion and implementation of selected concepts.

The bottom line...the most innovative ideas, those with the greatest potential impact will be rewarded.

The deadline for the next grant cycle of Waves of Innovation is September 15, 2014.

Waves of Innovation - Phase II Winners

Waves of Innovation Talks: January 15, 2014

The eight finalists presented their ideas to the Waves of Innovation Committee, President Benton, and the Pepperdine community at Smothers Theatre, on the Malibu campus on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Each finalist received a minimum of $500; one finalist received a $1,500 for the Audience Choice Award; and the following winners received grants to implement their ideas over the next two to three years.

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
Center for Gameful Design

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


Phase I Update: November 6, 2013

The Phase I finalists have been announced!