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University Innovation Fellows

In partnership with Stanford University, “The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become leaders of change in higher education.”

Our University Innovation Fellows help the College of Innovation and Design to keep a pulse on student needs, share insights to better inform our educational pilots and designs, and work together to develop creative solutions for Boise State.


Meet This Year's Cohort

This year’s fellows are (left to right): Pam Craig (MPA), Evanann Whitaker (MBA), Chris Dagher (Engineering PLUS) and Ollie Shannon (Anthropology)

Tasked with identifying the innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities at Boise State, this year’s cohort discovered the following:

“Boise State University currently has a rapidly evolving Entrepreneurship and Innovation pipeline for students to pursue big ideas. After a thorough investigation of our campus resources via the UIF University Landscape Canvas assignment, we identified that multiple Innovation & Entrepreneurship pipelines exist within Boise State. The confusion of opportunities that are offered, assumed overlap of those opportunities, and implied competition of these pipelines, are problems that our UIF team identified.  After conducting student interviews and further investigating the student culture at Boise State, we also uncovered problems with isolation, lack of community and sense of belonging, and an overall lack of empowerment among students to take advantage of resources and pursue opportunities.”

To learn more about their findings, and prototypes they are exploring, please visit their Wiki Page.