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. 

Awesome opportunity for Class of 2022!

We are now searching for the 2019-2020 Loyola UIF cohort.  If you want to benefit and change the world, then we encourage you to apply!

How can you learn more?

How do you apply?

  • Submit a brief video (3 minutes max) answering the question "What would you innovate at Loyola?"  Introduce yourself and mention any initiatives you have taken part in so far at Loyola.
  • Post your video on YouTube or a similar and easily-accessible social platform.
  • Send the link to the video to and cc Dr. Roughani (  Please make sure to include "UIF Application" in the email subject line.
  • Deadline for applications: Friday, February 15, 2019.
  • Four Loyola students will be selected to the Leadership Circle.
  • Once selected for this team, students will need to obtain a letter of support from a faculty member and apply on-line individually at the University Innovation Fellows site. The deadline for Loyola University cohort team application is May 21, 2018 according to the UIF website.
  • If the team is selected by UIF that means in September-October 2018 you will be involved in 6 weeks of training about design thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. This will be an online training, without interfering with your classes, requiring anywhere from 2-8 hours per week. You will be sponsored by Loyola for the training and to travel to a regional meeting and the national meeting in Spring 2019 (Silicon Valley Meetup that includes Epicenter at Stanford University, visiting Google, IBM, and similar organizations). Then you will bring all of this back to campus, develop and implement a plan and make a difference!

2018 Silicon Valley UIF Meetup

2018 Loyola UIF cohort at Google

Pictured above the UIF Cohort at Google (left to right: Faculty Advisor Bahram Roughani, Emily Cebulski ‘21, Alex Santarelli ‘21, Chris Carangelo ‘20, Grant Versfeld ‘21)

Loyola's UIFs traveled to the 2018 Silicon Valley meet up at Stanford's March 15-19. They visited Google's headquarters, collaborated with a global network of fellows, attended jam-packed workshops during the course of the weekend and returned with "What if" inspiration for Loyola's I&E culture on campus.

Read the UIFs Silicon Valley Meetup Recap and see photos of their experience here.