Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation

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Wichita State University students studying in the Rhatigan Student Center

Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation

Students exchange ideas and collaborate

A culture for building creative solutions

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation is the ultimate partnership at Wichita State. Bringing together all of WSU’s degree-granting colleges, students of many backgrounds call the Institute their academic home. From its beginning, the Institute committed itself to a different kind of education. We develop students’ creativity, emotional intelligence, communication and leadership skills while bringing order to the creative process. The Institute is powering the next generation of entrepreneurs and problem solvers. Your gift fuels their creative fire.

What's happening at the Institute?

As the newest academic college, the Institute is home to the Masters of Innovation Design program launched in 2016. Students in this program have unique access to powerful resources on and off-campus. Spaces like GoCreate, a community workspace, and connections to entrepreneurs and creative thinkers in Wichita and around the globe make the MID program one of a kind. The Institute empowers students to thrive in competitive climates and to move quickly through the design and prototyping process. The Institute’s education is truly a 21st-century education.

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Wichita State Students in the Institute for Interdisciplinary Academics
Wichita State students collaborate on applied learning project

Wichita State student presentation

Your gift is a changemaker, too

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation is an integral part of Wichita State’s future. As Kansas’ Innovation university, we needed a home for students unafraid to challenge the status quo and ready to build partnerships that will propel Wichita State and our region forward economically and creatively. Your gift to the Institute lets our students continue experimenting, thinking and creating. When the Institute has the resources it needs, the students and ideas are truly unlimited.

At right: Last year, WSU student Tammy Dorsey and her team won the Shocker New Venture Competition with their business, Prenatal Hope.

Her design, VivO2, is a device that can detect fetal oxygen levels in utero and is going through the process to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Video courtesy of Wichita Ventures on

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Because of you

Your gift to the Shocker Fund provides flexible resources to meet the changing needs of our students. More students will have access to programs that enhance their college experience, like tutoring, study abroad, applied learning conferences and competitions, and community service opportunities.

This is a special opportunity to support Wichita State’s newest and most innovative academic college from its very beginning. With your help, our students will have the funding they need to succeed.

On behalf of Wichita State students, thank you Shocker nation.

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