Grinnell Prize panel with Melanie Marcel and alumni

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 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, offered an overview of this emerging interdisciplinary field and presented tools 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 focused on technological access in Grinnell and our surrounding communities. Participants learned about to 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 was at Saints Rest Coffee Shop for a time of informal conversation and coffee.
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 the 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, presented concrete examples, strategies, and tools designed and used by SoScience. It featured 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
Alumni and faculty working in careers that utilize science to positively impact change discussed their collaborative work, how their career has evolved, and how you might enter similar fields.

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