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B-Plan competition fuels enterprise

Paul Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market competition studentsThe Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market competition at UNH is the oldest business plan competition in the state and one of the first in the nation. The competition is designed to stimulate entrepreneurship throughout the campus. Open to all University System of N.H. students who have a proposal for bringing an innovative product or service to market, the competition helps students gain first-hand experience in commercializing new products and services, and provides access to faculty advisors and industry experts.

Watch videos of 2011 finalists.

Meet a UNH graduate: Katherine PerrellaUNH Grauate Katherine Perrella

Track star foregoes championship to donate bone marrow

Senior Catherine Perrella of Bedford, N.H., a senior on the women's track and field team received the 2011 University of New Hampshire Dean Williamson Award, presented annually to "that senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics, and loyalty to the University." An honors student, Perrella has decided to undergo a procedure to make a bone marrow donation, which may help save the life of a patient suffering from leukemia.

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Minding everybody's business

Small Business Development Center home pageBased at UNH, the N.H. Small Business Development Center has provided confidential business advising to 724 businesses in 181 communities. These businesses generated $210 million in sales and created 315 new jobs.

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Summer program reaches out to underserved youthThree Project Smart students in front of a poster

Project SMART Summer Institute, a UNH science and technology program for high school students, has received a $30,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the diversity of students it reaches. The grant, made through the U.S. Forest Service "More Kids in the Woods" initiative, will support Project SMART's environmental and forestry education and help the program reach out to underserved youth from inner-city schools.

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Science café comes to Concord

Science Cafe NH web pageTwo professors at UNH ushered in the first meeting of the Science Café New Hampshire, monthly gatherings that bring scientific topics into public focus. Mary Stampone, assistant professor of geography and the New Hampshire State Climatologist, and Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology and senior fellow at the Carsey Institute, joined Rhett Lamb, planner for the City of Keene, for the first café, "Climate Change in New Hampshire?" on May 24 at The Barley House in Concord. A second café is planned for June.

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eUNH to offer 60 online courses this summer

e UNH written in chalk on concreteAccessible education has taken on new meaning in recent years with the increase in college classes taught via the Web. Once a convenient alternative geared toward adult learners and students working full-time, the concept is now simply one of the sundry possibilities at UNH where, this summer, 60 e-courses will be offered.

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President Mark HuddlestonAs you're doubtless aware, UNH is facing some major challenges due to a drastic cut in state support. What you may not fully realize, however, is how the University is continuing to make remarkable achievements, and preparing for the road ahead in ways that, I believe, will make us stronger in the long run.
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University of New Hampshire

Did you know?

2011 bachelor's degree graduates by UNH college/school:

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture 321

College of Liberal Arts 808 College of Engineering and Physical Sciences 287

Whittemore School of Business and Economics 364

College of Health and Human Services 337

Thompson School of Applied Science 122

UNH Manchester 2011 masters and Ph.D. graduates figures:

Masters, 461

Doctor of Education 3

Doctor of Philosophy 26

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