Missouri Innovation Academy

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Due to the loss of funding, we will not be having a 2014 Innovation Academy.  Please check back for summer 2015.

June 9 - June 29, 2013
Missouri State University 
Springfield, MO

Scientific discoveries and technological innovations will be key to economic progress in the 21st century economy. For students to succeed in that economy, they will need to be skilled in science and math, and they will need to be able to apply sound business practices to commercialize their ideas.

The Missouri Innovation Academy is intended to begin students on the road to these skills. The Academy is an on-campus summer program for high school sophomores and juniors. Students will live on the Missouri State University campus for the duration of the Academy. The Academy will take a new approach to teaching students about innovation by merging the fields of business and science in order to give students a taste of ‘real world’ science and its relationship to commercialization. Students will work with science and business faculty on science and math projects during their time at the Academy. Integrated into the program will be meetings with companies and scientists associated with the Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) as they are in the midst of designing and bringing scientific ideas to market.

Program Overview

Missouri’s future will depend, in large part, on its ability to inspire talented students to fully develop their science, math, engineering, business, and technology skills at universities. These are the students who will be leaders in innovation. It is innovation that ultimately drives economic development, creates jobs, and keeps Missouri prosperous. 

The Missouri Innovation Academy, offered for three weeks each summer, provides 50 motivated Missouri high school students with the opportunity to link their aptitudes with promising futures. Advancing out of the Academy, students will have a clearer, more optimistic view of career opportunities in science, math, engineering, business, and technology. The focus of the Academy will be on making, developing, and commercializing discoveries in science, technology, and engineering.

The Academy will take a new approach to business and science by merging the two fields. Seminars, case studies, and guest speakers will be used to emphasize innovation and creativity, with the guest speakers being successful scientists, researchers associated with the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC), and entrepreneurs from across the state.

When addressing the need for more opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, former Governor Matt Blunt said: “Missouri students are the keepers of all Missouri’s potential and promise. We must work together to build the foundation for their success and provide them with the tools they need to compete in tomorrow’s global economy.” 


1. Looking for students passionate about: Science, Business, Innovative Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership

2. Willingness to explore new areas in Science and Business (No experience required)

3. Must be a current high school sophomore or junior living in Missouri

4. Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or upper half of class (some exceptions may apply)


Students will be responsible for covering the $1,500 tuition as well as any personal purchases made during the three-weeks.  This tuition covers all housing, food, field trips, social activities, supplies, etc.  There are no hidden fees beyond this tuition charge.

Scholarships are available through private donations, and are primarily based upon financial need.  Please refer to the scholarship application (bottom of page one of the application) for additional details. If additional family circumstances should be considered in determination of scholarship receipt please contact our office or write a letter stating why additional scholarship is needed/requested. 

There is NO application fee.  

                                    Total Cost to Student                                                                                                $1,500

                                    Payment Schedule:

                                                            $    250 deposit due with acceptance                                             May 19, 2013

                                                            $1,250 remaining balance due                                                        June 3, 2013

Application Process  

There is NOT an application fee!!   

  •    Complete the application packet -- student application, academic recommendation, student essays.
  •    Submit completed application packet ASAP -- we accept applications by USPS mail, facsimile, and/or by email. 
  •    Students selected for participation will be notified by May 10, 2013.

Deadline for Submission:  Accepted until all 50 student participants have been selected!

  *Application and guidelines are also available by calling 417-836-8908.