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Case Study: The Journey of the UIF Program at Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science

Fellow Shivanika Shah interviewed Fellows and faculty at Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science to better understand the impact of the University Innovation Fellows program at their school. By Shivanika Shah, Fellow, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida The journey of the University Innovation Fellows in Andhra Pradesh, India was ignited by 6 inspiring students […]

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360 students named University Innovation Fellows for 2019

360 students from 90 higher education institutions in 13 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that all students gain the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to navigate a complex world and build the future.  These […]

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You Don’t Need to Wait to Make a Difference 

University Innovation Fellows organized LOOP, the first-ever Latin American Innovation Week and the UIF Latin American Meetup in 2018. by Leticia Britos Cavagnaro There is learning about the world, and then there is immersing yourself in the world, and learning as you figure out how you can make an impact. Often times we think that […]

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Fellows Take on SXSW 2019

15 Fellows joined UIF co-directors Humera Fasihuddin and Leticia Britos Cavagnaro for SXSW in Austin, TX, in March 2019. They spent several days together learning from speakers, engaging participants, and connecting with one another. Below are a few of their reflections on the experience. A Scoot Through SXSW By Jessica Aldrich, Wichita State University After […]

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Igniting Changemakers at Ashoka U Exchange 2019

Transforming higher education into a tool for social innovation was the theme of the Ashoka U Exchange conference. Five Fellows and UIF program co-directors Leticia Britos Cavagnaro and Humera Fasihuddin, held activities and attended sessions at the February 2019 event in San Diego, CA. Below are the Fellows’ reflections on the experience: All of us […]

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Fellows’ Roles

Just like University Innovation Fellows help design elements of their higher education experience, they also are highly influential in the evolution of our program. Did you know, for example, that it was a group of Fellows who helped come up with the name “University Innovation Fellows” back in 2013? We also redesigned the core mission […]

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How to Turn an Idea into a Reality

Bucknell Fellow William Wall created a brand new design thinking pre-orientation program in just 10 months. by William Wall, University Innovation Fellow, Bucknell University In November 2017, Bucknell’s newest UIF cohort took on the Silicon Valley Meetup. With so many amazing minds and inspirational speeches, I left charged with excitement to make big changes on […]

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Colorful Creations at Michigan Tech

Fellows from around the U.S. took part in Michigan Tech’s Regional Meetup in October 2018. The Michigan Tech “Colorful Creations” Regional Meetup set out to combine the dramatic landscape of fall foliage with two days immersed in the community innovation culture. The Tech Fellows and faculty hosted 20 participants from seven schools for the Meetup, […]

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358 students named University Innovation Fellows for Fall 2018

358 students from 96 higher education institutions in 16 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. 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 attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make […]

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Indian Fellows in the Global Spotlight

Fellows from India have conducted design thinking workshops at several large global conferences. JSSATE Fellow Shivanika Shah shares reflections from several of those events. By Shivanika Shah, Fellow, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida The UIF program welcomed its first Fellows from India in Fall 2016, thanks to an international initiative supported by Google. Since […]

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A Year in the Life of a University Innovation Fellow

University Innovation Fellow Jessica Carlson walks us through a year in the life of a Fellow from application to impact. by Jessica Carlson In late October 2016, I was nominated to the first University Innovation Fellows (UIF) Leadership Circle at Menlo College with three other students: Yasmin Gomez, Maxwell Barnes and Russell Perkins. From interviews […]

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A Family of Changemakers

The March 2018 Silicon Valley Meetup brought together 280 University Innovation Fellows and faculty for four days of learning and bonding over the shared mission of change in higher education.   Intense, shared experiences have a way of connecting people to one another in a special and long-lasting way. The University Innovation Fellows Silicon Valley […]

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Big Changes Ahead: UIF Program Updates

The UIF team is excited to share some important changes to our program that we believe will result in even greater impact on your campus.   University Innovation Fellows and their faculty champions know just how often we emphasize prototyping, gaining feedback, and continually improving. Just as we ask Fellows to do this as they […]

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258 students named University Innovation Fellows for Spring 2018

258 students from 64 higher education institutions in 9 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. 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 attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make […]

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229 students named University Innovation Fellows for Fall 2017

229 students from 62 higher education institutions in 10 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. 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 attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make […]

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Inclusive Design at Microsoft’s One Week Hackathon

Four University Innovation Fellows from the University of Technology Sydney were selected as the winning team in a Microsoft inclusive design challenge for Fellows. Their prize? A trip to Redmond, WA, to participate in the Microsoft One Week Hackathon. by Irene Hsieh, Corey Stewart, Peter Cole and Matthew Childs Originally posted on Medium. “3! 2! 1! […]

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Press Release: 224 Students Named University Innovation Fellows

224 students from 58 higher education institutions in 7 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. 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 attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make […]

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University Innovation Fellows Program Partners with Google on India Initiative

By the UIF program team (Leticia, Humera, Katie and Laurie) We are thrilled to share that the University Innovation Fellows program is partnering with Google on a new international initiative. Google India has committed to training 2 million mobile developers in India to meet the increasing pace of global technological innovation. At the Google University […]

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Start with Empathy

By the UIF program team (Leticia, Humera, Katie and Laurie) The University Innovation Fellows program reflects the voices of students and faculty around the U.S. and the world. We felt it was important to reinforce this program’s core values in light of the Trump administration’s executive order on January 27 that impacts the immigration system of […]

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2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities

University Innovation Fellows Events at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities On January 26, 2017, the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program hosted two events as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). The four members of the UIF program team were joined by eleven […]

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Brewing Innovation Spaces

Fellows from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and their faculty sponsor share lessons they learned from hosting a regional meetup on November 3-5, 2016. by UWM University Innovation Fellows and Dr. Ilya Avdeev Are you thinking about hosting a regional University Innovation Fellows meetup at your fine academic institution? Do you want to learn more about […]

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Surviving a Makeathon: Lessons from Tennessee Tech

Jacqueline Schulz, a University Innovation Fellow from Tennessee Tech University, shares her team’s tips and lessons learned from hosting their survival-themed makeathon this fall. by Jacqueline Schulz Recipe for Successful Makeathon: Various random objects and fabrication supplies A cool theme Free food, and lots of it Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, not quite, but don’t get me […]

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Press Release: 169 Students Named University Innovation Fellows

  169 students from 49 higher education institutions in four countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. 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 attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and […]

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Summer Updates and Fall News

To our student and faculty community, welcome back to school! The new academic year is an exciting opportunity to explore new opportunities for learning and to continue making change on campus. It’s also a brand new year for the University Innovation Fellows program. We are quickly settling into our new home at Stanford University’s d.school, […]