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. 

2017 University Innovation Fellows

Loyola's 2017 cohort includes Meghan Reynolds (engineering), Christopher Tiffin (economics), and Eric Muchisky (engineering), pictured above.  If you are interested in being a leader of change at Loyola, we encourage you to apply!

How can you learn more?

How can you apply?

1. Submit a brief video (3 minutes max) answering the question "What would you innovate at Loyola?"

  • Post the video on YouTube or a similar and easily accessible social platform.
  • Send the link to the video to and CC both Dr. Keilson ( & Dr. Roughani ( Please make sure to include "UIF Application" in the email Subject line.
  • Deadline to apply: Monday, October 16, 2017 by 8 am.

2. Four Loyola students will be selected to be the Leadership Circle. All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection by Friday, October 20.

3. Once selected for this team, students will need to obtain a letter of support from a faculty member and apply online individually at the University Innovation Fellows site. The deadline for this application is October 30, 2017 according to the UIFs site.

4. Loyola's UIF cohort will be sponsored by the university for 6 weeks of online training and travel to a regional meeting and the national Silicon Valley Meetup. Then they will bring all of this back to campus, develop and implement a plan and make a difference!