University Innovation Fellows Program

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The University Innovation Fellows are part of a national movement to ensure that students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required for them to compete in the economy of the future. These student leaders from schools around the country work with their peers to catalyze even greater levels of innovation and venture activity on their campuses.

The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). We call on students and their peers to dream, design and deliver innovations that solve real-world problems.


The ideal candidate demonstrates a strong interest in innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial mindset coupled with a genuine desire to inspire fellow students and make a positive impact on campus. We like to select students who are:

•Actively enrolled: ideally rising juniors, but underclassmen/women and graduate students will also be considered.

•Engineering, ideally, or STEM majors: students who realize the importance of these technical majors paired with an entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, design thinking and innovation to excel personally and as a society. Students in other majors who value innovation should also apply!

•Action oriented: students who possess a great attitude, strong listening skills and exceptional execution abilities.

•Respected by friends and classmates: candidates who can inspire peers and recruit/manage/empower a team of volunteers.

•Insightful and mature: students who can develop a rapport with faculty and institutional leadership, build support and form coalitions.

•Strategic thinkers: students who understand that change in academia is not easy, but possesses the persistence, perseverance and willingness to set up systems that will continue even after they graduate.

•Cool all ’round individual: candidates who the other University Innovation Fellows would want to have in their network as peers, friends and potential collaborators.

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
Contact Information

Contact us any time: 413-587-2172 or email

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