Innovation Fellows FAQs

I don’t know anything about innovation. Should I still apply?

YES! The whole point of this program is to give you the opportunity to learn about innovation and real-world problem-solving, and then work with us to design an experience we can scale to more students. We are looking for students who are curious and motivated to learn, from a variety of different disciplines. You can be an innovator – whether you are a nursing student or a marine biology researcher.


Why should I apply?

We want to bring innovation to all students at UNE. Why? Because we’re listening! Students have told us that they want the opportunity to 1) get experience outside of the classroom and 2) work on problems that matter in the real world. Students also want skills that will add to their resume or portfolio. You will also be part of creating some new and exciting at UNE!

Learning about design thinking and practicing the skills of innovation will give you the tools to be successful in any field. As an Innovation Fellow, you will be working with other students on a real-world problem. Employers love when you bring this kind of experience! Innovators are curious, confident, resilient, able to work well with teams, and present their ideas effectively – but these skills need to be learned. We’re going to start with a small group of Innovation Fellows and expand this program in future years.

You will be working with the Director of the Makerspace, Justine Bassett, who is experienced with design thinking and also passionate about helping students develop skills that matter. You’ll also work closely with a recent UNE grad, Hannah Welch, who is really passionate about helping push you out of your comfort zone so you can make the impact you want to. Additionally, you will have a chance to meet some really amazing innovators from a variety of fields – including David Shaw, founder of IDEXX labs and an experienced innovator and entrepreneur.

This is going to be so much fun! We hope you join us. 

What is the time commitment?

We anticipate that this will take about 3 hours/week throughout the school year. This will include one meeting as a student team and some outside work to do on your own. Hours may go up or down somewhat depending on what the team is working on, but this isn’t about putting in a lot of hours.

Fellows are also welcome to come by the Makerspace anytime, to hang out with the team, to do homework or try the project of the week.

What’s the deadline to apply?

We need to hear from you by September 19th at 11:59pm to be considered for this year’s program. Start by expressing interest here and we will send you more information, including how to apply, and can answer any questions you may still have.

How many students will be selected?

We are looking for a team of 10 students, from a variety of undergraduate disciplines.

What will I be paid as an Innovation Fellow?

Innovation Fellows are expected to commit to being part of the program for an entire academic year, and will receive a stipend of $500 per semester (or $1k for the year). Fellows will be expected to participate consistently and will also be part of a campus-wide Innovation Takeover in May. Throughout the year, they will have the opportunity (and be expected) to participate in paid-for field trips with the team, including a weekend in collaboration with UNH to kick off the semester with fellow student innovators in New Hampshire.

How do I sign up?

Once you express interest here, Hannah Welch, our Program Manager, will be in touch with more information and the application. If you choose to apply, you will be asked to respond to one brief question and to attend one of our meet-up’s:

  • On September 14th 5-6pm
  • On September 16th 12-1pm
  • On September 20th 5-6pm
  • Or September 22nd 5-6pm
  • If you can’t make any of those times, reach out to Hannah at and she will do her best to coordinate with you and other students on a separate time.

In this meet-up, you’ll learn more about the program, get your questions answered, and try a fast and fun project. After that meeting, we’ll be in touch about joining the program.

Can freshman sign up?

Yes! All graduating years are welcome to apply, and preference will be given to Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors. Seniors may apply and depending on the mix of majors, may be invited to join the team!