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UTHSC News: UT Innovation Challenge Winner ‘Shed a Few Tears’ of Joy


It was almost like a surprise birthday party. That’s how Shakalle Milam, a clinical dental assistant in the UTHSC College of Dentistry, described the way it felt to be notified Friday morning that she was one of nine winners of the UT System’s Innovation Challenge.

In the spring, the system put out a call to faculty and staff for ideas for how UT can improve business practices or save money. There were 117 submissions from all the campuses and institutes. From those, six winning ideas submitted by nine individuals were chosen.

Along with Milam, four other winners are from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Milam said she sent in multiple ideas and was overwhelmed to be a winner for her recommendation that UT implement digital forms with digital workflow routing. The idea was also offered by Bethany Morris from UT Knoxville and Katrina Parnell from UTHSC.

The system sent prize boxes to each winner to be distributed Friday morning at the same time in each location. The boxes contained gifts and the notice that each winner will receive a $1,000 one-time bonus.

Read more at our UTHSC news site.