Eastwood, Perkins Named to Stanford-Directed Innovation Fellows Program

Eastwood, Perkins Named to Stanford-Directed Innovation Fellows Program

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna junior cross country and track & field athlete Ethan Eastwood (Canton, Mass./Canton) and junior football player Pierce Perkins (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s) are among the 123 students from 52 higher education institutions across the United States named as University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter).

The University Innovation Fellows are a network of student leaders working to create lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation.

The Fellows program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA).

Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their schools and selected through an application process twice annually. Following acceptance into the program, students complete six weeks of online training.

“The need that my leadership circle and I hope to fulfill is promoting more innovation and entrepreneurship at Susquehanna University,” Eastwood said. “The passion, drive, and leadership to create and build already exist among many of the students and it’s integral to Susquehanna's culture.”

Eastwood, a history and political science major, and Perkins, a neuroscience major, are four Susquehanna students to receive this honor. They are joined by Tiffany Richards ’16 and Alexis Gargin ’16. The four are the first Susquehanna students to receive the honor.