Jon Schull, Carl Lundgren, and Stephen Jacobs along with six Summer Fellows attended the 15th annual NCIIA conference this past week. The National Collegiate Innovator's and Inventor's Alliance gathers once a year to discuss entrepreneurship and innovation education and to celebrate the success of student innovator's sponsored by the NCIIA. Our group presented on the Summer Fellowship program as a model for encouraging undergraduate research and way to fast track potential student ventures. Luticha Doucette, Eliza Hammer, Devin Hamilton, Beth Keefer, Justin Lewis, and Kenneth Stephenson each spoke about their project and the ways the program helped to further develop their idea. Many of them also discussed future steps with their work. The feedback from the attendees was very positive and it was a great networking opportunity for the students. They also had the opportunity to meet other student teams and share insights into innovation and its process.
The NCIIA makes many grants to students to support their projects it could be a great opportunity for many student teams here at RIT. For more information on NCIIA or the conference go to http://nciia.org/ . You can also check out these students and their projects on beta.innovation.rit.edu . For more information on the Summer fellowship program can be found here.