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Overall Statewide Reach
University of Missouri System
Throughout its history, the University of Missouri has been the state's partner in the education of Missouri’s citizens and the growth of its economy.
The University of Missouri was established as the first public university west of the Mississippi River in 1839. Built by proud Missouri citizens determined to leave a legacy for their children and the generations to come, the University of Missouri grew from the very roots of the state.
Today, the University of Missouri is one of the nation’s largest higher education institutions, with more than 75,000 students on four campuses and an Extension program with activities in every county of the state. The University of Missouri continues to impact Missouri and its citizens in every county, every day.
UM System Campus
As our flagship campus, the University of Missouri-Columbia was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River.
Founded in 1870 as Missouri School of Mines, Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is one of the nation's top technological research universities.
Chartered as the University of Kansas City in 1929, the University of Missouri-Kansas City joined the UM System in 1963. The university is one of few in the nation to have all four major health science schools: medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry, located on one campus.
Also founded in 1963, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is the largest university in the St. Louis region and third largest in Missouri.
Research Parks/ Business Incubators
Research Parks/Business Incubators
The University of Missouri has a statewide network of 10 research parks and business incubators, each designed to help faculty, entrepreneurs and businesses collaborate to move innovative research to the marketplace.
Parks managed by the UM System
In 2005, the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the development of a section of Columbia’s South Farm for a new research park. The belief was, and continues to be, that the research occurring in the living fields and laboratories at South Farm, and at the University of Missouri, will attract tenants who desire close proximity to innovative intellectual resources. It is the mission of the University of Missouri System Office of Research and Economic Development to link research and commercialization from the system’s four campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state — Discovery Ridge does just that.
Missouri Research Park
Owned and managed by the University of Missouri System and located in St. Charles, MO, the Missouri Research Park officially opened in 1985. Today, more than 180 acres of land in the park are developed for high-tech and research facilities.
University of Missouri Technology Park at Fort Leonard Wood
The objective of the University of Missouri Technology Park at Fort Leonard Wood is to provide a strategic location, on post, for businesses and professional organizations that conduct business with, and support the mission and goals of, the United States Army.
Parks managed by UM System campuses
Innovative Technology Enterprises at UMSL (ITE)
ITE is a business incubator that supports innovation in a wide-variety of fields including IT and the life sciences, providing the physical, mentoring, business development and computational resources required for startup companies to grow. Featuring both wet and dry-lab facilities and a high-performace computing center (HPCC) staffed by on-site Ph.D. scientists, ITE provides the expertise to help startups, in a wide variety of technical fields, solve fundamental R&D and business development issues, including those that require sophisticated computational resources. UMSL founded and administers the ITE small business incubator.
Missouri S&T Innovation Park
The Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Innovation Park in Rolla, MO, will encompass approximately 60 acres of University-owned property adjacent to the current Missouri S&T campus and will include a business incubator. This site will be developed to create a mixed academic and private research park to enhance economic activity in the South Central Missouri region.
UMSL Research Park - UMSL Campus
To supplement the space offered at the Missouri Research Park, UMSL has a 100-acre business, technology and research park located on the University's north campus next to Highway 70. The research park, which has attracted substantial interest from both small and large ventures, is now home to the headquarters of Express Scripts Inc., one of the nation's larges pharmacy benefit managers. ESI is the largest Fortune 500 company with corporate headquarters on a university campus.
Parks managed by UM System partners
Center for Emerging Technologies
Since 1998, the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) has provided the specialized facilities, knowledgeable support services, entrepreneur training programs, and access to capital needed to establish and develop next generation bioscience, medical and other advanced technology companies. CET’s operations are supported by the Missouri Technology Corporation, City of St. Louis and private donors
The Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange (CORTEX) is an office and research district in mid-town St. Louis created by a nonprofit consortium formed by the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Missouri Plant Science Center
The Missouri Plant Science Center in Mexico is a partnership between the University of Missouri, Missouri Technology Corporation and the City of Mexico. The nearly 25,000 sq. ft. facility houses wet and dry labs, offices and has unique pilot/scale manufacturing capabilities to process soybeans and other plant-derived materials into value-added products. The center brings together cutting-edge plant science research with the ability to develop the manufacturing processes needed to commercialize new discoveries. The facility attracted its first tenant, Soy Labs LLC, to Mexico from Fairfield, CA. Soy Labs is an emerging plant science company including soy-based ingredients for the food and health industries.
MU Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place
The facility and incubation program in Columbia, MO, are operated by the Missouri Innovation Center, a public non-profit organization specializing in assistance to entrepreneurial technology firms.
Agricultural Research Stations
Agricultural Experiment Stations
Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), sponsored by Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), conducts research in agriculture, forestry, animal science and natural resources at farms, laboratories and forests throughout the state.
Research conducted at AES and CAFNR facilities is geared to making the most effective use possible of the state's natural resource base, including its people resources, in an increasingly global society. Citizens throughout the state benefit from new knowledge, discoveries and university expertise through AES.
Health Centers/ Affiliates
Health Centers/ Affiliates
The University of Missouri has a vast network of hospitals, clinics and outreach services. Additionally, we offer health education paths at all four campuses, including medicine, nursing, pre-medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology and the allied health professions.
University of Missouri Health Care is home to the state’s only public academic medical center, which provides care to people from every county in Missouri. In addition to providing access to clinical trials and myriad specialists, each year MU Health Care provides millions of dollars in uncompensated and charity care.
The UM System’s health outreach efforts are statewide. Some examples include UMSL’s Mobile Eye Center, which provides eye care to thousands of children and adults. Residents in rural Missouri have access to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s mobile mammography van, which visits more than a dozen communities quarterly. And, in Kansas City—home to the state’s only dental school—underserved children and adults receive dental care through Partnership for Smiles. All of our campuses also facilitate various health screenings, checking areas such as blood glucose levels and blood pressure.
We are also a leader in the adoption of medical technology. The Telehealth Network provides those with limited health care access, especially rural residents, with access to MU Health Care’s wealth of specialists.
Additionally, the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation has become a model of how private businesses and public universities can partner to advance community health. Established in 2009, the Tiger Institute is facilitating a statewide alliance of health care organizations that can improve health care through health information technology and collaborative innovations with MU Health Care physicians, students and researchers. It’s estimated the innovations from this partnership will provide up to $1 billion in annual economic benefit to the state. Already, MU Health Care has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” Hospitals—the only facility in mid-Missouri making the list.
Small Business & Technology Development Centers
Small Business & Technology Development Centers
The UM System has the resources and expertise to move you forward and help you succeed.
Sponsored by University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers are part of a statewide network of business experts uniquely qualified to help businesses develop and thrive. These centers provide expert business counseling, training and online resources that assist small business with questions about management, human resources marketing and sales, finance, technology development and commercialization, complying with regulations and saving money by using "green" practices.
MOREnet Member Sites
The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) provides Internet connectivity, access to Internet2, technical support, videoconferencing services, network security and training to nearly 800 Missouri schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, health care organizations, state government, and other affiliated organizations. The comprehensive service includes the MOREnet KnowledgeBase, a collection of more than 125,000 technical knowledgebase articles across more than 200 software titles that is available to all member faculty, staff, students and end users.
Established in 1991, MOREnet is committed to supporting and enabling its members' missions through the use of technology to enhance opportunities for public access, learning and research.
Missouri Telehealth Network Sites
Through the advanced technology of the Missouri Telehealth Network, the expertise of University of Missouri physicians is made available in underserved areas throughout Missouri.
Telehealth is a means of delivering medical information and health care through the use of telecommunication technologies. Through videoconferencing, a patient can have a live, real-time interaction with a University of Missouri specialist, almost as if they are in the same room. The physician is able to obtain sufficient examinations of patients by questioning them about their symptoms, and by using electronic diagnostic equipment and other peripheral cameras.
The Missouri Telehealth Network began in 1994 as a 10 site network; today, there are over 200 endpoints in 56 Missouri counties.
eMINTS National Center
In 2010, the enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies (eMINTS) National Center at the University of Missouri secured a $12 million federal grant to study the effects of the eMINTS professional development program for educators on the achievement of rural Missouri middle school students.
Currently, 38 rural Missouri school districts are been served by the intensive professional development, in-classroom coaching and technology-rich classroom environment of eMINTS. At the end of the grant period five-year grant period, another 22 districts will join in the project — which will eventually service approximately 10,500 students and 240 teachers in Missouri.
Only 49 school districts, nonprofit education organizations and institutions of higher education nationwide were selected from nearly 1,700 applicants for funding under the federal Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant program. The i3 fund, part of the $10 billion investment in school reform in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will support local efforts to start or expand research-based innovative programs that help close the achievement gap and improve outcomes for high-need students. Applicants were required to demonstrate their previous success in closing achievement gaps, improving student progress toward proficiency, increasing graduation rates, or recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and principals. More information on i3 is available at www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/.
The eMINTS National Center is a collaborative program developed by the University of Missouri, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The goal of eMINTS is to change how teachers teach and how learners learn by providing a research-based approach to organizing instruction in any subject area at any level. Matching funds from corporate partners were required to secure the i3 grant funding.
Every year, more than one million Missourians turn to University of Missouri Extension to gain practical knowledge, solve problems, adapt to change and make informed decisions. The MU Extension program engages people, organizations and communities by connecting them to the knowledge base of the university, giving them a link to resources to manage issues of local concern and improve their quality of life.
Providing services to every county in the state, University of Missouri Extension has the capacity to adapt university programs and resources to very different local needs and aspirations. MU Extension provides relevant, credible and valued education and resources on agriculture, natural resources, business and industry, community development, 4-H and family development to citizens around the state.
MU Extension is Missouri's one-stop source for practical education on almost anything. Specialized learning programs include university-level evening and online courses and degrees. Students in grades three through 12 can take independent study courses and even earn a high school diploma online. MU Extension's Fire and Rescue Training Institute, Law Enforcement Training Institute, and Community Emergency Management Program provide education and technical assistance to individuals and families, local governments, businesses, schools and organizations in preparing and responding to natural and man-made disasters.
MU Extension information is available face to face or at your fingertips. And their "Ask An Expert" feature is your personal link to the university's vast body of knowledge.