Economic Development
#SIUDAY March 7, 2018

Have you ever explored Google as a “noogler” (new Google employee)? Or talked to Microsoft project staff about their creative processes? Or spent a day exploring design thinking at Stanford University’s renowned d.School? Thirteen Salukis have! With your donation, we can double or triple that number in the next few years.

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students from all majors and graduate degree programs to become leaders of change in higher education. Fellows are creating a national movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to compete in the economy of the future. Housed at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, more than 1,499 University Innovation Fellows from 234 global universities have participated since the program began in 2011.

Cohorts of four Salukis complete a six-week training program where they develop creative thinking and problem-solving skillsets. Through the process, each Fellow identifies a project that solves a problem or brings a new resource to campus. After returning from the March Meet-up in Silicon Valley, Fellows work with mentors and other faculty/staff to implement their project ideas. Projects from past Fellows include an innovation space, hackathons, design thinking workshops, 3D printing materials recycling, and entrepreneurship training programs.

For each $3,000 raised, your donations will help us invest in a Saluki who demonstrates a passion for innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial mindset as well as a drive to make a lasting impact at SIU. Thank you!


Want to know more about University Innovation Fellows?  Check out this video to better understand the impact that this program has on university students.

Donate and turn your state MAROON!
Rank State Gifts
1 IL 9
2 NY 1
3 AA 0
Top 5 Participating Groups (most gifts)
Participating Groups with the largest number of gifts
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Agricultural Sciences 203
2 School of Medicine 137
3 College of Applied Sciences & Arts 128
4 College of Education and Human Services 100
5 School of Law 78
6 Saluki Athletics 72
7 College of Liberal Arts 56
8 College of Mass Communication and Media Arts 51
9 Student Affairs 48
10 College of Business 42
11 College of Engineering 40
12 Marching Salukis 39
13 General University Scholarships 31
14 Touch of Nature 30
15 Morris Library 30
16 WSIU Public Broadcasting 26
17 University Museum 22
18 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 21
19 Diversity Initiatives 18
20 College of Science 17
21 Performing Arts 14
22 SIU Alumni Association 13
23 SIU Press 11
24 University Honors Program 11
25 Economic Development 10
26 Graduate School 7
27 Campus Lake Fund 7
28 Fermentation Science Institute 6
29 New Student Programs 2
30 Class of 1967 Class Gift 1
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