Creating Pathways from Science Student to Science Career

Many natural and health science students are preparing for jobs that currently do not exist. Two-thirds of non-MD health professionals will be self-employed.  Having a firm grounding in the areas of entrepreneurship and venture creation may be the best way for science students to prepare for the 21st century workforce.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) leads the infusion of entrepreneurship education into the science curriculum, performs faculty-managed, student-performed projects for external clients, and promotes science entrepreneurship to the surrounding community.

The ISE has three goals:

1) Serve as a training center for students in the natural and health sciences to develop the skills needed to create science ventures. Two courses in science entrepreneurship are taught, and the ISE coordinates the Clinical Nuclear Science Program.

2) Students and faculty conduct research, create and upgrade products, and provide other services for external clients. Students have worked on projects ranging from how cryogenic technology can improve wind turbine gearbox bearings to how to prevent tooth enamel staining from beverages.

3) Promote science entrepreneurship to the larger community.  The Institute hosts the Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series that focuses on science entrepreneurship and how increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can fuel job creation and societal well-being.

For more information about the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, contact Dr. David Horn at 217-424-6392 or via e-mail at