University Innovation Fellowship

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The University Innovation Fellows program was created by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and funded by a five-year National Science Foundation grant.  It is now a program of Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and has trained 607 fellows from 143 schools around the world.  Fellows range from undergraduates to PhD students and engineering majors to fine arts majors, social sciences majors to business majors.  All of them demonstrate a passion for innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial mindset as well as a drive to make a lasting impact at their schools.  These student leaders from schools around the world create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems and address global challenges.

Students selected as Loyola UIFs will participate in six weeks of online training about design thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset.  They are sponsored by Loyola for the training and to travel to a regional meeting and the national Silicon Valley Meetup including visits to the Epicenter at Stanford University, Google and IBM headquarters and similar organizations. 

Loyola's 2018 University Innovation Fellows

Loyola MD 2018 University Innovation Fellows UIF

We're excited to announce Loyola's 2018 cohort (pictured above from left to right):

Grant Versfeld, ’21, Computer Science (Pre-law track)

Alex Santarelli, ’21, Computer Science

Emily Cebulski, ’21, Math/Finance

Christopher Carangelo, ’20, Engineering


Student Priorities

Christopher, Emily, Alex and Grant are passionate about creating change on Loyola's campus.  Their priorities include increasing student interaction with the local Baltimore community, streamlining technology resources for students, creating a unified repository for all Innovation & Entrepreneurship programs on campus, giving students the opportunity to disseminate information with each other, and promoting community service to help students better embody Loyola's Jesuit mission.

Read more about the 2018 UIF cohort's priorities and initiatives here.

Loyola's UIFs will travel to the Silicon Valley meet up this spring. We are excited to learn about their experience and help them put their ideas into action when they return!