Big Ideas

Big Things are Happening at Texas State


Big Ideas Change the World

Big Ideas represent partnership opportunities focusing investment on cutting-edge research and supporting the best and brightest minds at Texas State.

Big Ideas Virtual Week Live Sessions

In case you missed it, Big Ideas Virtual Week live session video recordings are now available. Big Ideas Virtual Week was held September 28 - October 2. This five-day event explored a different Big Idea each day while showcasing alumni, industry partners, faculty, and students.
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Learning With AR/VR

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology can lower costs and improve results by leveraging interactive 3D experiences. Because almost any situation can be made virtual, new models can be applied to improve outcomes for law enforcement, health care, engineering, aerospace, sports science, and more. Watch the video to learn more.

Translational Health

Researchers at Texas State are working to put academic research into practice, improving the health and wellness of citizens across Texas and beyond. The translational health research initiative builds on our existing strengths in cancer research, nutrition, health communication, aging and dementia studies, and addiction. Watch the video to learn more.

Materials with Intelligence

Our faculty researchers are focused on finding practical ways to advance sensor technology, to create new materials that can reconfigure themselves to react to environmental conditions, and to improve the lifecycle management of infrastructure through sensor systems and predictive modeling. Watch the video to learn more.

Harnessing Big Data

We’ve assembled an expert team of researchers from nearly every field of study to work at the intersection of analytics and artificial intelligence and ultimately understand and solve world problems. We are applying Big Data solutions to mental health treatments, business challenges, and the safety and security of the State of Texas and our nation. Watch the video to learn more.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Today’s innovation-driven economy requires a new class of graduates—accomplished in their discipline and knowledgeable about how to apply it to new environments. Texas State faculty are developing new ways to engage students in the theory and practice of creating value from ideas and opportunities. Watch the video to learn more.

Human Expression

Advancing research and engaging students within the humanities and creative arts to open up new ways of understanding human expression and new directions in humanities scholarship.

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Big Opportunities

We invite visionary philanthropic partners to support our students and faculty in discovering sustainable solutions for global issues through innovative research.

Innovation Endow a program fund

Provide seed funding to support interdisciplinary teams to pursue new and innovative ideas.

Students Support undergraduate scholarships

Help Texas State recruit and retain high-achieving students, endow graduate fellowships to fund student research with faculty, or sponsor student competitions.

Faculty Invest in Expertise

Support a faculty fellowship for a visiting expert or entrepreneur, establish an endowed professorship to support faculty research, or fund an endowed chair.

Building on Existing Core Research Areas


Podcast Join the Conversation

Hosted by Daniel Seed, Big Ideas TXST goes inside the fascinating minds forging innovation, research, and creativity.

For More Information

To learn more about Big Ideas, please contact the Office of Development at or call 512.245.2396.