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Top Reasons to Participate:
Maurice Prize for Innovation
- Explore your idea without worrying about the outcome
- Gain valuable lessons from the discovery process
- Be judged on the journey, not "success" or "failure"
Past Winners of the Maurice Prize for Innovation
College Connector (2023)
Brett Schultz '26 College Connector, is a multipurpose app designed to alleviate common social, emotional, and financial problems among college students. To help students socially and emotionally, College Connector offers a free-to-use Connect feature to find other students on campus with whom they can connect and share common interests and activities. This feature allows campus clubs and organizations to advertise themselves better and make them more accessible to students. The app also helps students financially, offering a Marketplace tool. This feature allows students to sell goods and services to one another, where they can meet on campus to process the transaction.
Project Happy (2022)
Jack Potvin '21 Project Happy is an innovave nonprofit tech startup on a mission to reconnect young people to their community, in an effort to help them live happier and more connected lives. Our iniave eliminates the barriers that discourage a student from community involvement & volunteering, by simplifying & improving the student volunteering process. We aspire to foster posive behavior change through our technology, resulng in passionate life-long volunteers and community leaders. Our web (and soon IOS & Android) app eliminates the barriers that discourage a student from volunteering, by simplifying and improving the student volunteering process. We plan to launch at high schools across the state and at UNH as a completely free resource to thousands of students.
A New Dream (2021)
Ely Marciano '21 from the College of Liberal Arts won the $5,000 Maurice Prize in 2021 for his learnings while exploring his idea, A New Dream. A New Dream is a content channel “created by seekers, for seekers” to explore a variety of subjects ranging from wildlife ecology to philosophy, with an emphasis on learning how to learn. Ely, a Philosophy major, impressed the judges with the caliber of his idea, the growth that occured during the compeittion window, and the thoughtfulness of his presentation. During the comeptition window of November 2020 - March 2021, he delved into the data behind his channel, grew his paid supporters on Patreon, and further developed the content on his channel. Ely is the first COLA student to win the Maurice Prize!
Hannah Ziegele '20 from the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture won the $5,000 Maurice Prize in 2020 for her learnings while exploring her idea, AnimalTemp. AnimalTemp is an animal temperature monitoring project that uses RFID tags on collars to take consistent, reliable, and non-invasive temperature readings on animals of all sizes. The goal of AnimalTemp is to improve animal health by automating the temperature monitoring process, save time for vets and farmers, and leverage technology to the benefit of both animals and caretakers by sending alerts when problems are detected.
About J. Delores and Alfred P. Maurice
Alfred P. Maurice was born on March 11, 1921 in Nashua, NH. His multi-faceted career including 36 years as an educator/administrator in colleges and universities ended in 1984 with his retirement from the University of Illinois at Chicago after 24 years with the title of Professor Emeritus. His career as an artist/author continues. In 1990 the Maurice’s moved from Chicago to Vancouver, WA. He attended the University of New Hampshire as part of the Class of 1944.
His wife of 61 years, J. Dolores Maurice (née Robson), was born in Detroit, MI on June 8, 1924. She died on November 27, 2007. Her career was as a librarian and helpmate to her husband in all his work.
With the death of his wife and having no children or other immediate family, Professor Maurice decided to dedicate his estate to the enhancement and enrichment of the education of undergraduate college. He developed the concept embodied in the Maurice Prize for the University of Illinois and Western Oregon University.
In 2016, Alfred Maurice worked with Susan McDonough of the University of New Hampshire’s Advancement Office and Ian Grant, Director of UNH’s Entrepreneurship Center, to create a $150,000 endowed fund that offers an annual $5,000 prize patterned after the Maurice Prize at the University of Illinois and Western Oregon University.
Alfred Maurice passed on February 25, 2019 at the age of 97. We are greatly saddened by his passing, but comforted in the legacy that he left behind. Thanks to the Maurice Prize, the University of New Hampshire will be able to support the devleopment of innovative risk-takers for years to come.
The purpose of this Fund is to encourage and foster innovation, creativity, originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness in undergraduate students enrolled at the University. The Fund establishes the Maurice Challenge and provides for the J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Prize for Innovation. I am excited to see the outcomes from UNH students and excited to have the ECenter be the home of this prize also named for my wife, Dolores.
Alfred Maurice, May 2017