Illinois Innovation Prize
The Illinois Innovation Prize (IIP) for $20,000 is awarded annually to a creative and passionate student working towards solutions that could have a positive societal impact. Innovations developed as a response to the pandemic are encouraged as this illustrates the power of innovation during times of ambiguity and uncertainty. Since 2007, $320,000 has been awarded to student innovators.
Students must be nominated by a faculty member, mentor, or advisor. Mentors don't have to be employed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students may not nominate other students. To qualify, students must be considered an on-campus student during the 2020-21 academic year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (We realize that many students are remote due to Covid.) For more information, please refer to our Rules and Guidelines document. Students participating in an online degree program are not eligible for this award.
Those nominating should look for a student who:
• Is a creative and passionate innovator
• Is working on a novel innovation with the potential to create a positive impact
• Inspires others
Fiddler Innovation Fellowship
The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship for $10,000 from Jerry Fiddler and Melissa Alden is an annual student scholarship awarded by eDream to an undergraduate student who shows promise of significant, innovative achievements. Jerry Fiddler believes that the most interesting and urgent problems and opportunities often lie “between the cracks”. This award supports innovations that address cultural or global challenges that incorporate creativity, the arts/design, and technology into interdisciplinary solutions.
The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship is part of an endowment from Jerry Fiddler and Melissa Alden to the University of Illinois in support of the Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media (eDream) Institute, which is based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
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