Entries by Katie Dzugan

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 UIF Program

  Applications for the University Innovation Fellows program 2017 fall training are now live! Please request an application here: universityinnovationfellows.org/apply/application. Once requested, you will receive access to the full student application within 24 hours. What You Need In order for your application to be complete, you need the following materials: A student application (one per […]

Announcing: New Rate for Community Colleges

Community Colleges and four-year institutions have the ability to be positive forces for change by creating social ties between student innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) communities in a specific region. When we encourage these communities to be more closely tied, there is a stronger pull to map out transfer plans and strengthen the resources within the […]

Students leading change; two weeks to a nationwide movement

 by Ben Matthews, University Innovation Fellow at the University of Virginia  Join #uifresh On March 23, 2015, I attended the 5th White House Science Fair representing University Innovation Fellows through #uifresh and discussing innovation in education with leaders from across the country. Just two weeks earlier, I was addressed with a startling statistic that sparked #uifresh. […]

155 Students Named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-Funded Epicenter

For Immediate Release February 22, 2016 Media contact: Laurie Moore Communications Manager, Epicenter (650) 561-6113 llhmoore@stanford.edu   155 Students Named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-Funded Epicenter   (February 22, 2016) — 155 students from 47 higher education institutions have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The […]

The Power of a Peer Community

University Innovation Fellows shared strategies for student-led change in higher education at the James Madison University Regional Meetup in November 2015. by Laurie Moore Originally posted on epicenter.stanford.edu. Students circulated the room, their voices echoing off concrete floors and high ceilings. They wandered from one rolling whiteboard to the next, where their peers presented what […]

Collegiate Entrepreneurship – Learning through sharing and collaboration

    by Brandon Nolte University Innovation Fellow at SIU Carbondale Originally posted on his Linkedin   I’ve been wanting to write this article since I presented at the University Economic Development Associations Annual Summit with 4 other University Innovation Fellows.  This trip was one of the most eye-opening experiences since I decided to join the Fellows […]

2015 Year in Review: What Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education Looks Like

“Since our Nation’s founding, our progress has been fueled by an inherent sense of purpose and ingenuity in our people.  Americans have more opportunities now than ever before to carry forward this legacy — to create something, to raise capital in creative ways, and to pursue aspirations.” – President Obama, Presidential Proclamation of National Entrepreneurship Month […]

The Art of Making

by Katie Dzugan It was a cloudy, rainy day during finals week in April 2015 when we arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to visit 6 Fellows at the University of Pittsburgh (UPitt). UPitt is a sprawling, urban campus with beautiful stone buildings that spans 132 acres of city blocks. Campus was abuzz with students walking from building […]

Kent Hack Enough 2015

Originally published in the Diary of HackSU on medium.com by Paul Dilyard and Robin Bonatesta, Kent State University Introduction Kent Hack Enough started in 2012, with a group of about 20 friends in the Math and Computer Science building at Kent State University. Since then, we have grown to over 250 attendees in 2015 (we […]

Just Make It

Students forged new collaborations and learned how to connect their disciplines with fashion and tech at the University Innovation Fellows Kent State Regional Meetup. By Laurie Moore At the end of the fashion show, after the music was turned off and the lights were dimmed, the designers discussed the creation process. “I had to think […]

A Weekend of Fashion and Creation

Sometimes you’ll make stuff that’s crap and people will applaud it, and sometimes you make something that you think is brilliant and no one cares. You just have to keep creating. — Kevin Wolfgang, Director of TechStyle Lab at Kent State Originally posted by Zack Jones on medium.com I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in […]

Imagine, Create & Ignite: Building a Path to a Meaningful Future

by Francis Atore As I sat in the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, I was in awe of the environment. The architecture of the hall plus the opportunity of being in the presence of influential people in attendance such as Bernie Roth and Heidi Roizen made me feel euphoric. As the talk began, Elon […]

150 Students Named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-Funded Epicenter

PRESS RELEASE (October 26, 2015) – 150 students from 52 higher education institutions have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and […]

Hosts for this year’s fall regional meetups are…

  Drumroll please… If you guessed Kent State University and James Madison University, YOU’RE RIGHT! We’re extremely excited to be co-hosting the University Innovation Fellows regional meetups with both campuses this fall. Regional meetups are designed for Fellows to further activate their learnings from training; build and enhance in-person relationships with Fellows in their region; […]

Orientation Forward: Beginning the Jewell Journey with Creativity and Innovation

“Here, we dream in verbs.” Bradley Dice, a University Innovation Fellow from William Jewell College, shares his perspective on an event his team held for the incoming class of students as part of Epicenter’s #uifresh initiative. by Bradley Dice University Innovation Fellow, William Jewell College This article was originally posted on medium.com. On Tuesday, August 25, University Innovation […]

Do-Think-Make: Engage in Design Thinking & Creativity at Texas Tech

The Texas Tech University Innovation Fellows, composed of Marshall Head, Victoria Young, Valente Rodriguez, Taylor Persons, Francis Atore and Benjamin Simmons, were able to host an innovative thinking event on their university campus called Do-Think-Make. This event was similar to the activities at the recent University Innovation Fellows 2015 Annual Meetup, and it was captured on video by Kris Mamwacha, a computer science freshman: