2015-2016: Another Banner Year for IE

2015-2016 has been another banner year for the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE). Some of the highlights include:

  1. "IE Citizen Scholars Hosts Fifth Annual Research Contest"


  2. We are delighted to report that over two dozen IE Pre Grad interns will graduate from UT next week. Many have been accepted to and will enroll in graduate school next fall (2016). The list is impressive—including UT, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, Stanford, Berkeley, Wisconsin, Penn, Virginia, NYU, Cornell, Texas A&M, Washington, Rutgers, Carnegie Mellon, William & Mary, USC, UCLA, Georgetown and others. These students represent nearly every UT college and school and, as has been the case for many years, in excess of 60% are the first in their family to graduate college, come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or are underrepresented minority students.

  3. "Senator Judith Zaffirini Endorses Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium"


  4. This summer marks the twentieth anniversary of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE).  IE began in UT’s Graduate School in 1996. In 2006 IE became part of the newly created Division of Diversity & Engagement (DDCE), a vice presidential portfolio dedicated to integrating diversity into the core mission of the university and integrating community engagement into teaching, research and service. Since its inception IE—whose mission is to educate citizen scholars—has enrolled over 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students representing all of UT’s colleges/schools, with over 60% being either the first in their family to attend college, members of underrepresented minority groups or coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are proud of IE’s national reputation, having been endorsed by dozens of university chancellors/presidents and leaders in higher education. We are honored to have received so many awards and to be the subject of hundreds of publications and news stories. But most of all, we are proud of the numerous accomplishment of our students who attribute much of their success to their IE experience.

  5. 2016-2017 will mark the 12th year that UT’s deans have provided IE Travel Grants; these grants enable IE Pre Grad interns and their graduate student mentors to attend academic conferences. In 2016-2017 deans from 13 of our colleges/schools have allocated $45K.   In view of the vital role played by research at UT, as well as the ongoing need to educate students to engage in this enterprise, this support is significant.

  6. In 2015-2016, nearly 300 students enrolled in the IE Pre Grad Internship.  They worked in 45 different academic disciplines, representing 14 of UT’s colleges/schools.  Almost 70% are either the first in their family to attend college, members of underrepresented minority groups or come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Interns were paired with over 200 graduate student mentors and faculty supervisors.

  7. The IE Pre Grad Internship program awarded 33 students with IE Kuhn Awards for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. The students each receive a $1,000 stipend made possible by Michael and Alice Kuhn. The award supports first-generation and/or economically-disadvantaged college students in their academic pursuits and further enriches their pre-graduate school internship experience (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.). The DDCE provides a matching stipend to the interns’ graduate student mentors. Since 2013, there have been 109 IE Kuhn Scholars selected from an applicant pool of over 350 eligible students—totaling nearly one quarter of a million dollars in awards and matching stipends.

  8. "IE Program Receives $25,000 JoyLynn Hailey Reed Endowment to Support Graduate Student Mentors"


For all past and recent news about IE: http://www.ut-ie.com/selected_pubs.html

The Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium is housed within the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement (DDCE) and the Moody College of Communication. Dr. Rick Cherwitz, the Ernest S. Sharpe Centennial Professor in the Moody College of Communication, is the founder and director of IE.