Micro-Certification

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Micro-Certification List

What is Micro-Certification?

Micro-certification uses experiential design theory and mentorship programming to support researchers’ perception of their role in contributing to science, commercialization and impact on the community.

Micro-Certification Program Objectives:

  • To understand the evolution of the university researcher and research impact on the economy and society.
  • To learn the design thinking process related to innovation and research impact by tackling unique challenges, from ideas to validation.
  • To apply design thinking methods to propose human-centered approaches to problem-solving for unmet societal or economic needs.

The two areas under the Micro-Certification Program are Impact and Implementation.

Who is Micro-Certification For?

Micro-Certification is for:

  • The experienced researcher/faculty who want to pursue a standalone micro-credential micro-certification recognized by the University of Kentucky community to build on their skillsets.
  • The future leader who doesn't want to fully commit to a full long-term program but will take advantage of stackable elements for future skills.
  • The current student (graduate/postdoc) who is pursuing their program and wants to pursue a micro-certification as a skill-based program.

IMPACT WORKSHOPS

Impact Workshop Badges

100 - Explore the Growth Mindset (October 18, 2022; 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop will introduce the Design Thinking methodology used by designers and many other professionals to solve complex programs and find desirable solutions for users.

110 - Building Impact Research (October 25, 2022; 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop will define Impact Research and the knowledge exchange, types of impact and how impact happens.

120 - Impact Design Plan (October 27, 2022; 12:05 - 1;00 pm ET)

This workshop will teach you how to set impact goals, create an impact plan, collaborate for impact and options for impact commercialization.

130 Engaging Stakeholders (November 1, 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop will teach you how to systematically identify individuals, groups, and organizations outside of academia who benefit from your research and how to engage them.

140 Entrepreneurial Research Eco-System (November 3, 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop defines the local, state, federal and international eco-system, external partners and available resources.

Implementation Workshops

Implementation Workshop Badges

150 - The Idea to Enterprise Strategy (November 8, 2022; 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop shows you how to establish a startup or new venture and what goes into making an effective commercialization team.

160 - Protecting Your Idea, Before and After Validation (November 10, 2022; 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop provides an introduction to intellectual property instruments including commercialization vehicles like licenses and startups, and how to create a narrative and tell your story.

170 - Commercialization in Education, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (November 17, 2022; 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop teaches how to develop partnerships across disciplines and with industry.

180 - Who's Writing the Checks? (November 15, 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop is a comprehensive overview of funding your translational research product or service through entrepreneurial channels.

200 - Data in Today and Tomorrow's Companies (November 29, 12:05 - 1:00 pm ET)

This workshop discusses digital technology, data and its multiple uses in all aspects of your lab and startup including the importance of improving data-informed decision-making.