The Division of Innovation & Applied Research's community partnership programs nurture talent, explore possibilities and encourage participants, regardless of background, to think big and aim high.
Towson University has partnered with Learn It Systems to present the Annual Baltimore Bee, which is held each March at the University. The Bee draws the top spellers from public, private, and charter schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The winner of this regional competition goes on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC..
Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland since 1999, Building STEPS is a private non-profit organization developed to expose bright, underserved students to professions that rely on science and technology and to help them excel in these fields where minorities are overwhelmingly underrepresented.
In August 2003, Towson University entered into a partnership with information technology executives in the Mid-Atlantic region to form the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum.
The Forum is designed to foster excellence in business and information technology in an environment that promotes educational and networking opportunities for CIOs facing similar challenges and issues. CIOs participate with peers to share information and experiences, and to exchange best practices in peer-to-peer discussion sessions.