What We Do

Empowering F&M students to make creative contributions to our world.  

​In the world of work in the 21st century, students need to become experts within academic disciplines and develop cross-disciplinary skills and mindsets. Our students want to drive positive change in the world, and the more they learn to put their ideas into action with great faculty support while they're at F&M, the greater the depth and reach of their impact throughout their lives.  

Creativity, Innovation, & the Future of Work at F&M gives students in every department and academic major the chance to flex their hard-earned academic expertise while gaining invaluable real-world experience addressing complex problems as members of multi-disciplinary teams. Our courses, summer research program, and F&M Incubator are led by F&M faculty and staff with a passion for intellectual work and a bias toward action, and we regularly engage with for-profit and not-for-profit partners in the Lancaster region to root the work we do in the needs of our community. Students at every level and from every discipline are welcome. We want to work with you. 


Problem-Based Courses

Tackle real-world problems in and out of the classroom.

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F&M Incubator

Faculty mentors help you move from vision and prototype toward solution and product.  

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Summer Research Program

Lancaster is your lab, and you define your area of impact.  

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Co-Curricular Programming

Curious about how innovation works? Start here. 

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Who We Are 

Meet the Team

The co-directors of Creativity, Innovation, & the Future of Work Initiative head up a diverse team of engaged faculty, staff, and campus partners. 

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Upcoming events 

FALL 2021 

Kick-Off Event and Information Session

SEPTEMBER 12, 1:00-4:00 pm in Shadek Fackenthal Spark Space

No RSVP necessary


F&M Incubator Fall 2021 Application Deadline 



Day of Dialogue Rapid Design Challenge

OCTOBER 6, time tbd

No RSVP necessary 



3-Day Startup

RESCHEDULED for Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27


Contact Us 

Are you a student interested in participating in our programs?  Or are you a member of F&M's faculty and staff who is curious about fostering creativity, design thinking, or mentoring student teams of innovators? 

If so, please contact one of the Co-Directors of Creativity, Innovation, & the Future of  Work:


Creativity and Innovation in Action 
Story 4/18/2022

Propelling the Inventive Spirit

While kites and keys weren’t necessarily in their toolkit, F&M students embodying the inventive spirit of Benjamin Franklin turned to the F&M Incubator to launch their start-up business.

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Story 9/7/2021

Spotlight on Alumni Innovator Lynn Greenberg '14

Lynn Greenberg ’14 is the founder and CEO of Pivt, a start-up born out of Greenberg’s experiences working in London for Bloomberg.  Listen to the invaluable advice she offers to current students...

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Story 7/22/2021

F&M Students Examine Creativity, Innovation and the Future...

“The students went out to the streets of Lancaster – literally out to the streets, to empathize with its residents through interviews and observations, and define the thorny issues in our community,”...

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