Mission Life VI | Kent State University

Global Sustainable Solutions in the 21st Century

Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and Office of Global Education

Team Application                              Individual Application

Local Competition

October 26, 2017

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Integrated Life Sciences Building

International Competition

November 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Integrated Life Sciences Building


Mission Life engages undergraduate, graduate, and professional studenst from different disciplines in the development of innovative designs, ideas, tools, resources, and/or services that address certain topics that change year-to-year. This year's topic is Global Sustainable Development in the 21st Century. This competition does not only address the issues of the 21st century, but also brings together some of the brightest minds from around the world, which create solutions to the challenges we face today.


  1. Earn university-wide and international recognition
  2. Develop a 21st century skill set
  3. Work alongside and against domestic and international students
  4. Build your professional résumé by working with an interdisciplinary team
  5. Cultivate international friendships
  6. Qualify for international competition (if team wins local competition)


The Mission Life competition originated in 2012 at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica Do Parana (PUCPR), which is located in Curitiba in the southern part of Brazil. Mission Life is a cultural competition hosted by the school of life sciences at PUCPR. The main goal of the competition is to foster innovative ideas and entrepreneurship in a multi and interdisciplinary team. Over the years the Mission Life competition has focused on health related questions of global importance, from specific topics (such as viral infections and diabetes) to open-ended questions (such as the concept of “One Health”). In recent years the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in Texas, through their pharmacy school, has also participated.

Kent State University joined the competition in 2016 during Mission Life V. The theme of Mission Life V was the concept of “One Health” and student teams had to identify a global problem, and start to come up with solutions. In late Spring 2016 the competition was launched and eventually three highly interdisciplinary (departments and colleges) teams were formed that worked on topics ranging from water conservation to bee health to mental health. In October of 2016 a local competition was held to select the winner of the Kent State University competition. The winning team (SenseUrWater) then traveled to Curitiba during Thanksgiving break to compete in the international competition.

In 2017 Kent State University is joining the competition for the second time, and will be hosting the international competition at the new integrated sciences building during the Fall 2017 semester.


  1. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students attending any of Kent State's eight campuses and representing any major are eligible to participate along with approved partners.
  2. If interested in participating, please email the Mission Life Coordinator as soon as possible.
  3. Participating teams are required to submit a brief abstract indicating their project interview. Abstracts will be accepted August/September.
  4. All research, scholarly work, or creative acticity must be completed in collaboration with the Mission Life Coordinator.


Please direct any questions regarding Mission Life VI to Mission Life Coordinator Dr. Edgar Kooijman at ekooijma@kent.edu or 330-672-8568.