University School recently added a third transcript designation, the Kramlich Distinction in Innovation, to accompany the current Distinction in Science Research and Distinction in Global Studies. The designation recognizes students who participate in courses and activities related to the design-thinking process and entrepreneurship. Upper School teachers have developed new curriculum for the Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration, allowing students to use its tools and collaborative work spaces while learning course content and developing innovation skills, competencies, and attributes. The Kramlich Distinction in Innovation honors the generous guidance and support of our innovation programming from Dick Kramlich MCDS’53, member of USM’s Think Tank and 2016 Commencement speaker.
The Distinction in Innovation will recognize students who:
- solve real-world problems or challenges;
- collaborate with peers, teachers, and professionals through internal and external mentoring and partnerships;
- conduct substantive research;
- present findings, creations, and achievements to professionals or in a public forum;
- cultivate leadership skills;
- reflect upon and understand their own sense of purpose.