Ways for Companies, Foundations, and Individuals to Be Involved With EPICS
EPICS was initiated as a two-way partnership between the university and the community. The EPICS Corporate/Foundation Partners Program expands this relationship to a three-way partnership of the university, the community, and industry.
Your involvement can be either in the form of leadership support (please see information below) and/or financial support both at the local program level as well as the national program level.
Possible forms of leadership support that you can provide include:
- Guest Speaker: Share your thoughts and professional experiences with EPICS students by serving as a guest speaker during a lecture class.
- Team Advisor: Advise an EPICS team at an EPICS site.
Corporate EPICS Ambassador: There are many ways that you can network within your own company to advance the efforts of the EPICS Program. These include:
- Resource Acquisition: Leverage resources from your employer to help sponsor an EPICS team.
- Leadership Identification: Help to identify leaders in your organization who might also become future advocates for the EPICS Program.
- Design Reviewer: Serve as a technical reviewer for EPICS teams.
Become a Sponsor
EPICS depends on the support of corporations, foundations, institutions, and friends of EPICS to carry out its programs. Your involvement can be either in the form of financial support (please see information below) and/or leadership support both at the local program level as well as the national program level.
Gifts to the Purdue EPICS Program: Examples of What Your $5,000 Donation Will Support
Operation and development of existing EPICS programs
- Team expenses: EPICS prototypes are deployed with not-for-profit corporations located off-campus or with university organizations. Gift funds may be used to acquire the hardware, software, or other materials that must be purchased for the construction and deployment of the team's prototypes.
- Student travel: These funds may be used to cover the cost of student travel between EPICS sites or to cover the student travel expenses associated with long distance meetings for a particular project. The programmatic support will provide the necessary funds to ensure that students can travel to areas related to their teams. projects as the need arises.
- Student Presentation Opportunities: Representatives of EPICS are often asked to make special presentations regarding the program at key events and activities. Students are often the best spokespersons for such events as the students. perspectives on the success of the program are highly compelling. However, there are often costs associated in preparing the professional level presentations expected for these events such as display boards and posters and general handout materials. Gift funds can help to cover the expenses associated with such presentations so that more of these opportunities can be realized for students. Students can be given more chances to advance their professional presentation skills and network with members of strategic audiences.
- Laboratory Supplies and Materials: EPICS programs are responsible for providing laboratory space and the basic infrastructure required for students to design, develop, and test their prototypes. Gift funds can assist in supplying the materials students need to perform their essential team functions.
- Awards and Recognition: Recognition is an important part of the educational experience for deserving students. EPICS would like to further recognize both individual and team achievement. For example, the program would like to host celebration events to honor the deployment of resources to a community partner when a key project is completed. Your gift funds will help to make these recognition events possible.
The contributions of all EPICS sponsors will be cited on the Purdue EPICS Web site, and your company/foundation's name will be listed as the sponsor on a student team EPICS Web site as well.