Entries by Laurie Moore

Creating a Connected City

At the William Jewell College Regional Meetup, University Innovation Fellows took part in a city-wide event to help Kansas City become a smart and sustainable city.   When six student teams pitched their business ideas on a Friday evening in early April, it was hard to believe that they’d met only 12 hours earlier. This […]

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 […]

29 Schools Collaborate on National Initiative to Attract and Retain New STEM Students

29 higher education institutions are taking part in the University Innovation Fellows program’s national STEM initiative. April 13, 2016 — Today, the University Innovation Fellows announced that 29 higher education institutions are taking part in the national STEM initiative called #uifresh (University Innovation Freshmen). Schools participating in the initiative commit to exposing all incoming freshmen to design […]

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. […]

How to Activate Student Changemakers

More than 300 University Innovation Fellows and their faculty sponsors spent four days in Silicon Valley learning how to make lasting change in higher education. by Laurie Moore In the third week of March, hundreds of students traveled to Silicon Valley. For many of them, it was spring break. They could have been relaxing on […]

Applications Open for Fall 2016 Fellows

Faculty: Do you want to help your students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and creative confidence? Students: Do you want to make a positive impact in your life and the lives of others? Apply for the University Innovation Fellows program! This program empowers students from all majors to become change agents at their schools. Fellows create learning opportunities […]

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 […]

Prototyping to Prove a Concept

Impact story: Tanner Wheadon, Technology Management major, Utah Valley University One year ago, after he completed his University Innovation Fellows training, Tanner Wheadon from Utah Valley University met with his campus stakeholders and proposed the creation of a makerspace. Tanner had experienced the power of making and prototyping spaces through his work with the Fellows […]

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 […]

20 Colleges and Universities Launch Innovative Orientation Activities to Retain STEM Students

Twenty higher education institutions are welcoming their incoming students in a unique way as part of a national STEM initiative called #uifresh. Participating institutions are exposing freshmen to design thinking, entrepreneurship, and innovation in order to attract and retain more students in STEM disciplines. September 2, 2015 — As this academic year begins, 20 higher […]

White House Demo Day, Higher Education Commitment Letter

For Immediate Release August 4, 2015 Media contact: Laurie Moore Communications Manager, Epicenter (650) 561-6113 llhmoore@stanford.edu Higher education leaders send letters to President Obama with commitment to expand innovation and entrepreneurship offerings August 4, 2015 — In letters of commitment shared with President Barack Obama on the first-ever White House Demo Day, 30 institutions committed to actions […]

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:

Just Kent Get Enough

We woke up on a sunny, yet windy day at the Kent State University Hotel. The downtown area of Kent, Ohio, is fairly new, having been recently developed (in roughly the last 5 years or so). The streets are wide, the buildings are low and a nice sandstone color with red accents from awnings to […]

Virginia is for Makers*

*A play on Virginia’s state motto, “Virginia is for Lovers.” We kicked off our roadtrip strong, driving 5 hours through 5 states – MA, CT, NY, NJ, and PA – before stopping in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to get some Zzzs. Our biggest priority was to get to James Madison University to join their first-ever, student-led 24-hour hackathon, Bluestone Hacks. Participants of the […]

What Role Can Students Play in Attracting & Retaining their STEM Peers?

#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – April 22, 2015 Join the conversation at 8 p.m. EST. Tweeting as @epicenterusa, using the #BigBeacon. Preparing college graduates for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a national education priority in the United States. According to a report published by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and […]

Change Agents Activated

Students take the lead in the evolution of higher education at the University Innovation Fellows 2015 Annual Meetup. Originally posted via Epicenter.  by Laurie Moore At 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 21, the second day of the University Innovation Fellows 2015 Annual Meetup was drawing to a close. Nearly 160 Fellows from across the U.S. […]

123 U.S. Students Named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-Funded Epicenter

For Immediate Release February 24, 2015 Media contact: Laurie Moore Communications Manager, Epicenter (650) 561-6113 llhmoore@stanford.edu 123 U.S. Students Named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-Funded Epicenter (February 24, 2015) — 123 students from 51 U.S. higher education institutions have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The […]