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UIF Roadtrip April 2015

7 Days. *5 Campuses. 25 Fellows. Saturday, April 18th, 2015 Humera and Katie are hitting the road, traveling through eight states to visit University Innovation Fellows, faculty sponsors and administrative leadership, to experience their spaces of innovation and hear stories of the way in which student engagement is expanding opportunities for peers and creating lasting […]

Apply by May 11th for Fall 2015 Cohort

March 16, 2015 — The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) has opened the application process for its University Innovation Fellows program for U.S. college and university students. The application deadline is May 11, 2015. Learn more and apply at http://dreamdesigndeliver.org/apply. The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their […]

#uifresh Announcement March 23, 2015

Update on #uifresh here: http://universityinnovationfellows.org/20-colleges-and-universities-launch-innovative-orientation-activities-to-retain-stem-students/ For Immediate Release March 23, 2015 Media contact: Laurie Moore Communications Manager, Epicenter (650) 561-6113 llhmoore@stanford.edu University Innovation Fellows launch #uifresh campaign to attract and retain first-year students to STEM majors March 23, 2015 — Today, the University Innovation Fellows launched a campaign to expose all incoming freshmen at a […]

Epicenter principal investigator, Sheri Sheppard, named U.S. professor of the year

The University Innovation Fellows program is one of three strategic initiatives of the Epicenter, or National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation. This National Science Foundation funded center aims to change the way undergraduate engineers are prepared for the workforce. And, it couldn’t come at a better time. Today’s complex global challenges require game-changing solutions […]

Fellows Featured On White House Blog – November 7, 2014

In this year’s proclamation of November as National Entrepreneurship Month, President Obama stated: Across our Nation, in laboratories and around kitchen tables, passionate and creative entrepreneurs are developing new sources of clean energy, cures for life-threatening diseases, and inventions that will transform the way we see the world. America has always been a country of […]

$31mm OculusVR Founders’ Gift to UMD Linked to Fellows

  Also in this post: Fellows Attend Mid-Atlantic Meetup To Learn and Discuss Strategies To Expand I&E — During the course of last month’s training, we learned there was an even stronger tie-in than we thought between our University Innovation Fellows at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the $31mm gift to the University by […]

Hypothesis Affirmed! Greenville, SC Ignited By Southeastern Regional Meetup

Last week, we tested our hypothesis that we could bring together a group of Fellows with other college students interested in creativity, innovation and design thinking and replicate the energy of our Annual Meetup at Google and Stanford at a place very far from Silicon Valley. We chose Greenville, South Carolina. Why? Because two of […]

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

For Immediate Release October 2, 2014 58 U.S. Students Named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-Funded Epicenter Palo Alto, CA – Fifty-eight students from 26 higher education institutions across the United States have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to […]

Fellows Speak at White House

On September 24, 2014, two University Innovation Fellows went to the White House to address 60 leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) who attended a half-day Maker Workshop. Two Fellows, Jaime Aribas Starkey-El of Morgan State and Ulysses Knight of Virginia State. Jaime spoke on a panel (see video) about his efforts to […]

Higher Education Maker Summit @ ASU, October 23-24

The University Innovation Fellows are excited to take part in the upcoming Higher Education Maker Summit. The event is the inaugural convening of 150 higher education institutions that recently committed to creating maker spaces, as part of the first-ever White House Maker Faire. Once realized, these maker spaces will provide thousands of people  access to […]

Final exam inspiration. Keep it in check people.

For all those going through finals, here’s a little something to remind you to keep it in check. Exams are not the be all, end all. Work your ass off, but do so realizing that you have many other positive attributes you’ll be tested on in life. This exam season, do your peers a favor […]

Fellows Make Statements of Commitment at National Academy of Engineering, Washington D.C.

Ten University Innovation Fellows flew to DC this week and made a statement of commitment to organize students on their campus to address the Grand Challenges. These statements were delivered at a workshop entitled ‘Educating Engineers to Meet the Grand Challenges’ held at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington D.C. on May 1, 2014 […]

Congratulations Spring 2014 Fellows!

We are pleased to announce the launch of to 66 University Innovation Fellows from 45 U.S. campuses! A complete list of students is below. University Innovation Fellow bios, campus profiles and strategic priorities can be found on the student universityinnovation.org wiki here: http://universityinnovationfellows.org/wiki/University_Innovation_Fellows_Program.     Epicenter University Innovation Fellows – Press Release April 2014.   […]

Letter to Larry Page

April 7, 2014 Larry Page 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy Mountain View, CA 94043 Dear Mr. Page, We are writing to you on behalf of a group of over 100 student leaders from around the country to express our support for Paul Polak’s ambitious challenge to Google to help end poverty. We are the University Innovation Fellows. […]

Manifesto: We Believe Students Can Change The World

Fellows are boldly proclaiming that all peers across campus should engage in innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity as a means to make a difference in the world and enhance every individual’s potential leadership abilities. They are declaring this to be a movement. Inspired by a deeper calling to advance their campus innovation ecosystem and strengthen the […]

White House Hosts STUDENT STARTUPS Hangout with #UIFellows Own Jared Karp & Shark Tank Hosts

November 23, 2013 – The video recording of the Student Startup Google Hangout is now available. Due to technical difficulties, they are in two parts. Watch the first video until just after 7:30, then switch to the second one to view the remainder of the session: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjN24w15Q4s&w=560&h=315] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zY_bzCYilE&w=560&h=315] Here’s our favorite excerpt… STUDENT INNOVATOR TELLS […]

White House Features University Innovation Fellows

Today, University Innovation Fellows launched a new wiki platform at http://www.universityinnovation.org for students to share information and best practices about innovation and entrepreneurship at their schools. The wiki provides student leaders in academia with resources and how-to strategies for enhancing the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem on campus. Information on courses and programs also enables students […]

Innovation Activist?

Searching for a partner-in-crime to be my Associate for this growing student movement. This is a new position, a description for which is available at http://nciia.org/jobs/. Action-oriented, organized, go getters who are passionate about empowering young people to pursue opportunities to create and innovate in college should email jobs@nciia.org to apply. ~Humera Fasihuddin, @ihumera Senior […]

The Innovator Education Paradox

By Sean Newman Maroni We all know that the education system is imperfect. In order to remain competitive in the global economy, American schools must better prepare our youth for the business challenges they will face. Specifically, schools must teach students to be problem solvers who can use their natural creativity and their education to […]

The Art of Positive Presentation

… For Prezis, Interviews, Team Calls, and more! By Blake Marggraff Note: These thoughts and stories, and whatever messages or lessons they may convey, are not limited to the experiences of University Innovation Fellows. Perhaps one of the most significant strengths of the Fellows program is its ability to quite accurately simulate student entrepreneurship; the […]

Jargon: Ditch it

By Elliot Roth Jar-gon: (def.) Special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand. The vocabulary of a student leader should be streamlined so that she or he can convey ideas to all. In other words, don’t use jargon. The following six terms are […]

University Innovation Fellows, CEO, Kairos Society… What’s the difference?

How are University Innovation Fellows different from all other student networks? There is one BIG fundamental difference: University Innovation Fellows care about enhancing the innovation ecosystem on campus. They care about lasting institutional change that benefits the students’ educational experience. They care about leaving a legacy on their campus. They are entrepreneurial, but they CARE […]

Three Critical Remote Leadership Skills I Learned as a University Innovation Fellow

Three Critical Remote Leadership Skills I Learned as a University Innovation Fellow (Useful, since my cofounder lives 500 miles away!) By Blake Margraff Note: These thoughts and stories, and whatever messages or lessons they may convey, are not limited to the experiences of University Innovation Fellows (formerly Student Ambassadors Program). Perhaps one of the most […]