2018 Prize Week Events

Each year the Grinnell Prize recipient comes to campus in the fall. They receive their prize, meet with students and the wider community, and offer presentations about their work.

The following events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 2

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Grinnell Prize Awards Ceremony and Keynote by Prize Winner, Mélanie Marcel

Award presentation with keynote presentation by the 2018 Grinnell Prize winner. Lunch will be provided.

4:15 - 6:00 p.m.
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Workshop with Prize Winner, Mélanie Marcel

Using Science for Good: A New Field with its Own Actors and Methodologies
We are constantly bombarded with news of scientific breakthroughs and controversies. How do we support socially just research and development? How can we intentionally construct research and innovation projects that are built to bring about positive social change? Who are the players in this field and what interdisciplinary links can be made to social entrepreneurship? This skill building workshop, led by 2018 Grinnell Prize Winner, Mélanie Marcel, will offer an overview of this emerging interdisciplinary field, and present tools you can use to develop responsible research and innovation projects.

Wednesday, October 3

Noon - 1 p.m.
Rosenfield Center, Room 209
SPARK Kick-Off
Over the past few decades rural communities have seen key community resources consolidated and moved to larger metropolitan settings.  In order to access key resources such as driver’s licenses, state ID’s, SNAP benefits, and educational programming, people now, more than ever, need access to technology.  This year’s SPARK Community-Based Social Innovation Challenge will focus on technological access in Grinnell and our surrounding communities.  Come learn more about how you may work with our community partners and develop solutions to barriers to technological access.
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Saints Rest
Coffee with the Prize Winner
2018 Grinnell Prize winner, Mélanie Marcel, will be at Saints Rest Coffee Shop for a time of informal conversation and coffee. Say you are with the Prize and your first cup of coffee is on us!
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rosenfield Center, Room 209

Workshop with Prize Winner, Mélanie Marcel

Facilitating Collaborations between Scientists and Social Entrepreneurs and Grassroots Change Agents
How can you create collaborations between scientists and social entrepreneurs - that often have different vocabulary, goals, timeframe, etc.? What are current challenges and obstacles to such collaborations? How is this issue approached in a different context and by different actors? This workshop, led by 2018 Grinnell Prize Winner, Mélanie Marcel, will present concrete examples, strategies and tools designed and used by SoScience. It will also feature testimonies from participants in SoScience's collaborative programs.

Thursday, October 4

11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Noyce Science Center, Room 1023

Panel Discussion: Careers Connecting Science and the Social Good

Come hear from alumni and faculty who are working in careers that utilize science to positively impact change. Panelists will discuss their collaborative work, how their career has evolved, and how you might enter similar fields. Lunch will be provided.