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David G. Sant Innovation Graduate Fellowship


An Opportunity for Entrepreneurial ECE Graduate Students

The Sant Innovation Fellowship is an opportunity for ECE graduate students to design, build and demonstrate a potential commercial product while they are pursuing their MS-A or PhD degree.

Fellowship recipients will receive the following:

  • Tuition waiver
  • $12k fellowship
  • $3k for materials, parts, and supplies
  • A desk or workspace for project work
  • Interested students must submit a proposal/application by March 15, 2017 to: ece@usu.edu

Award announcements will be made by April 15, 2017. Awards begin in the fall semester. Up to three awards will be made.

Proposal elements:

  • Contact information
  • Transcript of grades and resume
  • Clear and compelling description of the innovative idea
  • Plan of work describing how the idea will be developed
  • List of demonstration milestones
  • Budget for the $3k materials, parts, and supplies
  • List ECE department facilities or equipment needed to develop the idea

Selection criteria:

  • ECE graduate student in good standing
  • Commercial potential/need for the proposed idea
  • Intellectual property potential for the proposed idea
  • Realism of plan and budget
  • Availability of department equipment and facilities
David G Sant and Building

"I wanted to give back to the community. There is no better way to do that than to support the institutions that equipped me for my career."

"I am pleased to see the forward-looking attitude of the school of Engineering at USU. Creative and highly valuable research projects add to the prestige of the department. As the reputation of the school increases it leads to increased graduate school enrollment and more research. This accelerates increased excellence and the overall advancement of the school." (David G. Sant 1937-2008)