Special Edition: University Innovation Fellows
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Applications open for University Innovation Fellows program

What can a University Innovation Fellow do for your school?

The University Innovation Fellows, a national community of students in engineering and related fields, are leading a movement to ensure that all students gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future.

Fellows increase student engagement with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation at their schools. They have created design and maker spaces, founded entrepreneurship clubs and organizations, worked with faculty to develop courses, and hosted events and workshops.

Fellows believe that empowering students to co-design their education will help them become better leaders, collaborators and problem solvers, ready to tackle the world’s big problems.

Nominated by their deans and faculty, Fellows take part in online training and in-person regional and national gatherings to study their own campus ecosystems and learn from their national network of like-minded students, Epicenter mentors, and leaders in academia and industry.

The application deadline for the Summer/Fall 2014 cohort is June 30, 2014. Fall Fellows will have the entire academic year to make a difference at your school. If you're not able to apply during the summer, the deadline for the Winter/Spring 2015 cohort is October 31, 2014. 

Students can request an application, and faculty can request an application to sponsor a student at

For more information, visit and email Humera Fasihuddin, leader of the program for Epicenter.
"The University Innovation Fellows program has transformed Bre from student to educator, from researcher to innovator, from participant to leader. With her leadership and involvement, the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Clemson has begun to change, grow and flourish. In one short year, university courses have been created, entrepreneurship awards have been won, and innovation conferences have been held; all as a result of Bre’s dedication to the mission of the Fellows."
— John DesJardins, Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University, on his school’s Fellow Breanne Przestrzelski
"Attiyah is laying the framework for a student-led movement across campus. She is working hard to create a maker club and is helping to organize several mixers to showcase the University Innovation Fellows program, makers club, and the Lean LaunchPad course. When students feel they have skin in the game, and play the key role to an activity’s success, they really go all in."
— Legand L. Burge, III, Professor and Chair of the Department of Systems and Computer Science at Howard University, on his school’s Fellow Attiyah Lanier
"The Fellows at UWM have already had an impact on students by organizing a three-day startup springboard event. They have joined a cohort of several universities across the country for an interactive series of workshops that catalyze entrepreneurial team formation. Fellows are also helping to organize TEDx event at UWM. Their work is important because it shows other students that they can make a difference. They can leave this campus a better place than they found it."
— Ilya V. Avdeev, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on his school’s three Fellows Alex Francis, Carlton Reeves and Rob Salamon

The University Innovation Fellows program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), a National Science Foundation-funded center directed by Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Learn more about Epicenter at

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