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Stanford University’s Hasso Plattnew Institute of Design, more commonly called, recently welcomed 258 Fellows from 64 institutions and 9 countries into its University Innovation Fellows program, and one is from the Fredericksburg area.

Regan O’Donnell was the only freshman to be selected from Elon University. This program empowers students to become leaders of change within higher education. O’Donnell and her co-fellows are part of a global movement to ensure that each student gains the values, skills and knowledge to be competitive in the future global economy.

To be accepted, O’Donnell and her co-fellows were sponsored by faculty and administrators and selected through an application process. O’Donnell will next complete six weeks of online training and travel to the University Innovation Fellows Silicon Valley Meetup. Throughout her year in this program, O’Donnell will take part in events and conferences and have opportunities to learn from co-fellows, Stanford mentors, and leaders in academia and industry.

O’Donnell’s team of fellows from Elon will be focusing on how to increase student engagement with innovation and entrepreneurship at their schools. The goal is to discover why students are not more involved with entrepreneurship courses, maker spaces, and other innovative opportunities at their schools and to develop methods to help increase participation. Follow the team’s work through a blog available here.

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