Three Jewell students named University Innovation Fellows


Three William Jewell College students were among the 360 students from 90 schools around the world who have been named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( 

Julia Yamate Geminiano de Almeida, sophomore civil engineering major, São Paulo, Brazil; Tavarus Pennington, sophomore communication major, Blue Springs, Missouri; and Jack Still, junior economics and political science major, Wolfforth, Texas; have completed training to join the national program designed to empower student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking. The program has trained more than 2,200 students since its creation, including several other Jewell students as Fellows.

University Innovation Fellows create student innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, facilitate experiential workshops and work with faculty and administrators to develop new courses. The program is designed to empower students to become agents of lasting change at their schools with the broader goal of ensuring that all students gain the necessary creative confidence, agency and entrepreneurial mindset needed to address global challenges. 

Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their respective schools and are selected through a rigorous application process. After acceptance into the program, students participate in six weeks of online training and travel to the University Innovation Fellows Silicon Valley Meetup. During the year, they will participate in events and conferences, as well as learn from one another, Stanford mentors, and academic and industry leaders.