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Big Ideas Virtual Week

In case you missed it, Big Ideas Virtual Week live session video recordings are now available here. Big Ideas Virtual Week was held September 28  - October 2. This five-day event explored a different Big Idea each day while showcasing alumni, industry partners, faculty, and students. Big Ideas Virtual Week highlighted Texas State's capabilities in research happening at the university.

View the video to learn more about Big Ideas Virtual Week.


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Big Ideas Change the World

Big Ideas represent partnership opportunities focusing investment on cutting-edge research and supporting the best and brightest minds at Texas State.

Learning With AR/VR

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology can lower costs and improve results by leveraging interactive 3D experiences. Because almost any situation can be made virtual, new models can be applied to improve outcomes for law enforcement, health care, engineering, aerospace, sports science, and more. Watch the video to learn more.

Translational Health

Researchers at Texas State are working to put academic research into practice, improving the health and wellness of citizens across Texas and beyond. The translational health research initiative builds on our existing strengths in cancer research, nutrition, health communication, aging and dementia studies, and addiction. Watch the video to learn more.

Materials with Intelligence

Our faculty researchers are focused on finding practical ways to advance sensor technology, to create new materials that can reconfigure themselves to react to environmental conditions, and to improve the lifecycle management of infrastructure through sensor systems and predictive modeling. Watch the video to learn more.

Harnessing Big Data

We’ve assembled an expert team of researchers from nearly every field of study to work at the intersection of analytics and artificial intelligence and ultimately understand and solve world problems. We are applying Big Data solutions to mental health treatments, business challenges, and the safety and security of the State of Texas and our nation. Watch the video to learn more.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Today’s innovation-driven economy requires a new class of graduates—accomplished in their discipline and knowledgeable about how to apply it to new environments. Texas State faculty are developing new ways to engage students in the theory and practice of creating value from ideas and opportunities. Watch the video to learn more.

Proposals Call for Big Ideas Proposals

A sixth Big Idea has been added in humanities and creative arts under the theme of Human Expression. The proposal submission period closes on October 30, 2020.
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Big Opportunities

We invite visionary philanthropic partners to support our students and faculty in discovering sustainable solutions for global issues through innovative research.

Innovation Endow a program fund

Provide seed funding to support interdisciplinary teams to pursue new and innovative ideas.
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Students Support undergraduate scholarships

Help Texas State recruit and retain high-achieving students, endow graduate fellowships to fund student research with faculty, or sponsor student competitions.

Faculty Invest in Expertise

Support a faculty fellowship for a visiting expert or entrepreneur, establish an endowed professorship to support faculty research, or fund an endowed chair.
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Building on Existing Core Research Areas

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Podcast Join the Conversation

Hosted by Daniel Seed, Big Ideas TXST goes inside the fascinating minds forging innovation, research, and creativity.

For More Information

To learn more about Big Ideas, please contact Dr. Dan Perry in the Office of Development at or call 512.245.4055.