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Our Story

CoSearch, much like the projects that come from the event, was born out of collaboration and creativity. After learning about design sprints and three-day startup competitions, Michael Burns had a brainstorm that university professors might benefit from a similar model focused on research. Michael began calling friends in the Fargo, North Dakota startup community to learn more about startup culture and also reached out to Marian Houser to think through how a startup model could be applied to the research process. After failing to earn a university grant to support this effort, Michael and Marian sought out other means of financial support and was supported by Austin P.R. Agency Hahn Public who provided the initial seed money for CoSearch. Since 2015 CoSearch has brought together researchers and artists from all disciplines on Texas State’s campus to solve real world problems in an intense, fun, and competitive time-scarce environment. We believe that many of the world’s problems could be solved by universities but they just need a way to jump-start the interdisciplinary process and a creative environment do it in. We simply had to turn the research process into a research experience.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Michael Burns
Co-Founder of CoSearch

Dr. Marian Houser
Co-Founder of CoSearch


Greg Tehven
CoSearch Facilitator
Executive Director of Emerging Prairie

Matthew Winn
Director of CoSearch Operations
Research Coordinator - C3 Research Center

Lisa Westerbeck
Research Coordinator - C3 Research Center

Our Supporters

All images and testimonial video by Alexandra White