The University of Illinois’ Research Park was awarded Outstanding Research Park of the Year from the Association of University of Research Parks (AURP) during its annual Awards of Excellence ceremony on December 1, 2011.
The 16th Annual AURP Awards of Excellence ceremony was held during the AURP 2011 International Conference in New Orleans, and is dedicated to the achievements of research parks and industry veterans.
The Outstanding Research/Science Park Achievement Award recognizes parks that excel in bringing technology from the laboratory to economically viable business activities, thus promoting the growth of businesses, jobs and public revenue.
Laura Frerichs, Director of Research Park, accepted the award on behalf of the University of Illinois.
“We are honored to receive this recognition, especially as we culminate our 10th anniversary celebration,” Frerichs said. “It reinforces our continuing efforts to build a community of technology entrepreneurship – one that fosters collaboration between the university and industry in addition to creating opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community at large.”