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Alumni Spotlight: A Conversation with Meredith Adams

Meredith Joy Adams, a 2018 graduate of UF IA, is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a specialization in Equine Science in addition to her Innovation minor

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The Scenic Route on My Road to Vet School by Jailene Rivera

Jailene Rivera is a third-year student seeking a degree in Animal Biology with a minor in Innovation on the pre-veterinary path. Over the summer, she sought out and found a researching opportunity in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences under the tutelage of Dr. Emily K. Miller-Cushon and Kaitlin Gingrich in the Animal Welfare and Behavior Lab

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In Between Success by Kelli Kaufmann

Kelli Kaufmann graduated from the University of Florida in the spring of 2017 with a major in Public Relations, a minor in Innovation, and a concentration in Psychology. Her career has brought her all throughout Florida, from Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group in Orlando to Assistant Account Executive at 22squared in Tampa

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Innovation Academy & The Selling Factory partner to bring individual success tool to IA students.

Gainesville, FL [December 2019] - UF’s Innovation Academy (IA) is partnering with The Selling Factory (TSF) to offer students an individual success program on an online platform.

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IA Faculty Wins Prestigious Thomas Hampson Award

Joshua Neumann, Ph.D., is the embodiment of excellence: He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Co-Director of the Vienna Summer Music Festival, and the newest winner of the American Musicological Society’s prestigious Thomas Hampson Award for research and publication in Classic Song. 

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RICHARD & DAWN SUSS ENDOW THE FIRST SCHOLARSHIP TO BENEFIT INNOVATION ACADEMY STUDENTS.

Gainesville, FL, October 22, 2019 – The Suss Family Endowment has been established to support scholarships for students in the Innovation Academy who are pursuing a degree from either the Warrington College of Business or the College of Journalism and Communications.

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Student Spotlight: Jimmy Holdgrafer

Jimmy Holdgrafer is a senior student from Ft. Myers, FL, majoring in Biology of Natural Sciences and minoring in Innovation.  He started his dream internship in the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks in the beginning of the semester, and since has been working with big game animals

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: DANNA REGNIER

Danna Regnier, Innovation Academy class of 2017, has grown from an IA undergrad, to MIB graduate student, and climbed the ladder at Citi Bank where she is now an Assistant Vice President. Reflecting on her journey, she discusses the corporate world after college, her career, and finally gives advice to rising juniors and seniors going through the recruitment process

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HIRE IA: The Newest Pre-Professional Student Organization at UFIA

Gainesville, FL - Innovation Academy (IA) is the perfect program for students ready to sharpen their interdisciplinary, critical thinking and creativity skills to come up with visionary solutions to real-life problems.

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IA FACULTY WINS PRESTIGIOUS THOMAS HAMPSON AWARD

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Watch out New York, here comes Justin!

When I first applied to NBCUniversal, I did not expect to hear back from anyone due to its high volume of applicants. After patiently waiting for two weeks, I was notified that I passed the first round and that I was required to do a video interview to be considered for the next round, so I suited up from the waist up and began answering questions given a certain time limit.

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Inaugural Amicon Engagement Program

The inaugural Amicon Management Engagement Program took place at the end of May 2019, connecting interdisciplinary young professionals to the bustling construction and construction management industry of South Florida.

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Honored and proud, The University of Florida’s Innovation Academy is featured in the book Innovate Tampa Bay Volume 2

Gainesville, FL [June 3, 2019] - Innovation Academy is proud to be among the 180 innovators featured in the release of the new book Innovate Tampa Bay Volume 2. The Innovate Publishing series showcases people, companies, products and services that are leading the race within a city’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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IA Director Dr. Jeff Citty discusses the unique academic calendar year of Innovation Academy students

t the University of Florida (UF), the Innovation Academy (IA) program is providing university students with these skills alongside more access, richer learning opportunities, and innovation-learning experiences.

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Innovation Academy Journalism Major Shares Experience as Former White House Intern

Innovation Academy student Zahra Kahn interned with the White House Internship Program (WHIP) in Fall 2019, becoming the first female IA student to participate in the semester-long program that connects students to hands-on public leadership experience in the White House

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IA student travels to Costa Rica for Spring Break entrepreneurship retreat

Brian Ardavin, Innovation Academy (IA) sophomore psychology student, wanted to spend his spring break differently. 

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Amicon Management Gifts the Innovation Academy Construction Management Engagement Program

The University of Florida Innovation Academy (IA) is proud to announce the Amicon Management Engagement Program, a $50,000 endowment by Adam Mopsick of Amicon Management to support a partnership with UF IA students and the creative, innovative professionals in the construction and construction management fields

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Fund to Honor Dr. Bleweis

Gainesville, FL, February 19, 2019 - Dr. DiMaio has a distinguished career as a cardio-thoracic surgeon, scientist and entrepreneur in the Dallas, TX area. While earning his Bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in microbiology and cell science, Dr. DiMaio worked closely with professor Dr. Arnold Bleiweis.

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Student Spotlight Norah Sanson

I spend my fall semesters taking classes at a university close to where I live so I am able to advance in my major. This fall I am planning to either explore study abroad options, or stay in Gainesville to continue my research work.

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UF Alum pledges $50K to UF IA

Gainesville, FL , February 4, 2019 - Adam Mopsick, CEO of Amicon Management, graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 with a BSBA in Finance, and is a LEED-accredited, licensed State of Florida General Contractor. Since co-founding Amicon in 1996, he has successfully led the company to become one of the largest owner representation and real estate consultancies in the region.

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Iota Alpha becomes first innovation-focused sorority at UF

The Innovation Academy welcomes the newest pre-professional sorority to UF campus, the Iota Alpha sisterhood. Iota Alpha president and co-founder Norah Sanson is a third-year IA Chemistry and Pre-Health major.

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Director Dr.Jeff Citty welcomes us to Spring 2019 with his top tips for success.

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Innovation Minor coursework gains student assistants to support prototyping

The Innovation Academy continues to improve the curriculum to keep up with the needs of IA students – this upcoming spring semester, the program has hired five students to serve as technical assistants (TAs) for the first class offered in the Innovation minor: IDS 1353 Creativity in Context.

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Student Spotlight Olivia Stultz

IA has some amazing benefits that were too good to pass up. Personally, the perks I have gotten the most from are the Spring/Summer schedule, the IA Ambassador program, and the Innovation minor.

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Innovation Minor coursework gains student assistants to support prototyping

The Innovation Academy continues to improve the curriculum to keep up with the needs of IA students – this upcoming spring semester, the program has hired five students to serve as technical assistants (TAs) for the first class offered in the Innovation minor: IDS 1353 Creativity in Context.

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IA participates in National Arts and Humanities month

"We are at the Plaza of the Americas passing out free stickers made by an IA entrepreneur, 3D-printing free keychains, and making art!"

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Where in the world is Innovation Academy?

"I would 100% recommend study abroad to any other IA students. This was the best choice that I made my 4 years at UF. It gives you a new perspective to life and will leave you with endless memories! There are many different things that students wish to gain by studying abroad, but no matter what your overall goal is, you will definitely learn a lot and have an amazing opportunity that most people do not!"

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IA student to be first IA Preview Staffer in 2019

"As a Staffer, I want to share with incoming IA students and traditional students alike that no matter your interest, you can find a home on campus. I feel at home with my fellow IA Ambassadors, as an RA in Beaty, and at Lake Wauberg working for UF Rec Sports."

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Student Spotlight: Patrick Gilmartin

Our newest Student Spotlight is nineteen-year-old finance and sustainability in the built environment sophomore, Patrick Gilmartin. He is an active IA Ambassador, videographer for the Sierra Club, and open-mic guitar player in his free time.

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IA Alumni – Where are they now? featuring Sierra Pollard

Sierra Pollard, Innovation Academy class of 2016, has grown from an IA student with an interest in communications to a successful small-business owner and entrepreneur, marketing specialist, and staunch supporter of IA

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IA Alumni—Where are they now? Featuring Kaitlin Alexander

Being a Florida Gator means something different for every student. For Kaitlin Alexander, Class of 2017, her UF experience included it all—football games, Tri Delta sorority, and internships with Disney and CNN Sports. Throughout all her involvement on campus, Kaitlin’s home was always Innovation Academy.

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IA Alumni—Where are they now? Featuring Franztler Pierre

 As our IA students complete their minor in Innovation, graduate with their undergraduate degree, and enter the workforce, we remain committed to the progress of our graduates—even after they leave the program.

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Spotlight: Keith Ganesh

Twenty-two-year-old political science and business administration senior Keith Ganesh embodies the innovation mindset. By marrying his interest in politics and business with the flexible Innovation Academy calendar, he has successfully landed several internships and jobs, all while honing his entrepreneurship skills...

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IA adjunct faculty recognized for commitment to serving students

Beloved adjunct faculty member to the Innovation Academy, Dr. Cecilia Suarez was awarded the Mort Wolfson Faculty Service Award and she is the winner of the Superior Accomplishment Award from the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Science.

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IA Alum and Northwestern Law grad offers advice to fellow innovators

Since graduating from the inaugural Innovation Academy with a degree in English Pre-Law, Heaibert Diamond—class of 2016-- has continued cultivating his innovation mindset far beyond the IA program.

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IA Alumni—Where are they now? Featuring Meredith Adams

As our IA students complete their minor in Innovation, graduate with their undergraduate degree, and enter the workforce, we remain committed to the progress of our graduates—even after they leave the program.

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IA gears up for our second year of Dance Marathon

Each year, students participating in Dance Marathon (DM) at the University of Florida dance for 26.2 hours to raise funds for the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Innovation Academy joined the fun for the first time in Spring 2018, and along with 800 other dancers, UF raised over three million dollars “for the kids”.

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IA Alumni—Where are they now? Featuring Jayna Taylor-Smith

As our IA students complete their minor in Innovation, graduate with their undergraduate degree, and enter the workforce, we remain committed to the progress of our graduates—even after they leave the program.

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Computer Science student turned entrepreneur starts vinyl sticker business

Oluwaseyi Oluwaleimu entered UF Innovation Academy with an interest in Computer Science and technology. He never anticipated that he would be a 19-year-old self-made entrepreneur, running his own vinyl sticker business across the state of Florida.

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Local news channel features IA as leader in innovation and technology

WCJB20 featured Innovation Academy in their latest Tech Tuesday segment—news coverage dedicated to the newest innovations in technology in Gainesville. We are honored to be highlighted as a pioneer of creative thinking and innovation through our minor in Innovation.

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First-year IA student lands full-time job at startup this Fall

Innovation Academy first-year student Alexandre Pagani from Boca Raton, FL has had a busy Summer semester taking classes and working at a startup in his spare time. During his off-semester in the Fall, Pagani was offered the incredible opportunity to work full-time with the company. He shares with us more about his position with ApexTek Labs, a Downtown Gainesville-based engineering design firm.

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The IA Legacy becomes a family legacy

With each incoming cohort of Innovation Academy students, we have noticed more and more familiar faces around the program—parents return to see their second child become an IA Gator, students in the program joyfully introduce us to their younger siblings, and supportive family members at our Catalyst and Summit events become the newest students to pursue the Innovation minor.

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Meet the team: Lucy Andolina, M.A -Advisor

Lucy Andolina is one of our two IA Academic Advisors in our Main Office. She has been with the Innovation Academy since September 2017, and she is currently working on a research project to better understand the background of other university advisors. Get to know her more!

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Meet our Career Connections liaison, Patrice Crooms, available to Beaty LLC students

Patrice Crooms gets it. Prior to becoming an Assistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement with the newly-named and renovated Career Connections Center (CCC), she found herself back home after getting her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Business Administration, caring for her sick mother, without a clear idea of how to use her degree....

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Summer B Speaker Series: The most important tips for Catalyst

The Speaker Series are designed to equip Innovation Academy students with practical tools from experts in business pitching, design, creativity, and collaboration—all of which can be applied to the students’ upcoming academic and professional endeavors. Students in IA’s Creativity-in-Action minor coursework will apply what they learn to the preparation of their biodiversity solutions in their upcoming Catalyst prototyping event. 

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IA leadership organization to host banquet honoring late student

LEAD by IA, a professional development organization for Innovation Academy students, will host their fourth annual award banquet event on July 24th. Members of LEAD look forward to commemorating their organization’s accomplishments, enjoying a keynote address from IA Assistant Director Yesi B. Sevilla, and celebrating IA students with honorary awards-- all voted upon by their peers. 

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Catalyst Summer A prototyping event an innovative success

On June 15, hundreds of innovators convened in the Rion Ballroom with one common question: How might we use innovation to protect the biodiversity in our hometowns Students in the Creativity-in-Action minor course were challenged to conduct a five-week rapid prototyping program to improve the preservation of local biodiversity. 

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Why You Don’t Need Two Degrees to Get the Skills of a Double-Major

In this unprecedented job market, everyone is finding ways to get ahead, setting themselves apart from the growing sea of applicants that all want the same position. In college, students are already shadowing professionals in their field of study, landing internships with big-name companies, and racking up the volunteer hours, all while balancing a full-time class schedule—and it doesn’t stop at just one degree.

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IA Student wins money from online idea competition

IA ambassador Matthew Gallagher earned a cash prize from his laptop—all for sharing his ideas. Mind Sumo – a product of Stanford University Student Startup Accelerator – connects companies with big problems to college students with big ideas.

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Innovation Academy professor partners with local elementary students to test 3-D learning tools

Students in Dr. Ryan Nixon’s Creativity in Context course have taken their 3-D printed design projects outside the classroom, and beyond the grading scale to receive real feedback from their target audience. In a focus-group setting, rooms full of users interacted with their designs—the participants being dozens of elementary school children. 

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IA alum lands position at Disney’s in-house advertisement agency

Kelli Kaufmann (Cohort of ’14) thought she had her education completely planned when she was accepted to the University of Florida. She expected a typical college experience – instead, her academic career veered in ways she never imagined, leading her to not only become a top innovator and creator of her IA cohort, but to shine as a professional in her Communications career field.

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Learn more about the winning Spring 2018 Senior Project teams

On Monday, April 23, IA students prepared for the final project in their very last Innovation Academy course required for the minor—Senior Projects. In this two-credit course, students use a multidisciplinary team-based approach to form an entrepreneurial plan—from the idea’s inception to prototyping and making sales pitches to real professionals in the area, students go through the entire business start-up process.

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Student turns IA class project into impressive 3-D modeling home

Michael Berube, a 22-year-old Agricultural Communications and Education major from Massachusetts, did more than just ease into his first semester as a transfer student in Innovation Academy at UF. He went above-and-beyond in his first IA minor class and caught the attention of the department’s faculty—we reached out to him to find out more about his first IA experience. 

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IA says farewell to beloved faculty member

Since Innovation Academy’s inaugural cohort in 2013, Professor Amy Bucciarelli has been there-- to greet every student, to welcome every new faculty member, and to embrace every new change within the department. She has worn many hats, from a professor in Innovation Minor coursework, to the Academic Coordinator of IA Minor curriculum. 

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IA Finance student founds investment start-up

The Innovation Academy strives to help students grow their ideas and cultivate creativity in all that they do. Success is not limited to their post-graduation experience.. During a student’s educational track with IA, they are encouraged to get involved with organizations, internships, and projects outside of class.

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IA Student Shares Fall Experience in Ireland

The IA experience does not just take place in a classroom, on campus, or with the guidance of a professor. Sometimes, it can happen in unlikely places - say, in a coffee shop whilst talking about your latest dream-big moment, or online, sharing ideas in the comments thread of a video. For Zahra Khan, her Innovation Academy experience happened in another time zone -  4,000 miles away in Ireland.

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STUDENTS INNOVATE CHILD DEVELOPMENT WITH 3D-PRINTED DESIGNS

Students in Creativity in Context—IDS1353— finished their final projects this February and impressed both their professors and peers with their sophisticated child development toys made completely on 3-D printers. In collaboration with Infinity Fab Lab, a digital fabrication space available at Infinity Hall, IA students utilized their skills in creativity, design thinking, and prototyping to create full-functioning learning tools for children.

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UF WELCOMES ITS LARGEST IA COHORT

On Saturday, January 6th, more than 400 students were officially welcomed to the University of Florida at the Launch into IA convocation. The ceremony presented the first occasion for IA freshmen to celebrate their entry into UF and convene with the rest of their cohort. Students, along with family and friends, received an opportunity to hear from distinguished guests, including President Fuchs, Mr. Norm Dunkel, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, and from the Student Body President, Mr. Smith Myers.

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Launch 2018

On Saturday, January 6th, more than 400 students were officially welcomed to the University of Florida at the Launch into IA convocation. The ceremony presented the first occasion for IA freshmen to celebrate their entry into UF and convene with the rest of their cohort.

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IA Alumni—Ashley Aristide

Being a part of IA during my college career taught be about the importance of bringing creativity and innovation into everything I do. Innovation does not only mean you've built a new app or launched a successful startup; it is about consistently findings ways to enhance through entrepreneurship and fresh thinking.

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UF team wins $5,000 in first annual MuniMod civic tech competition

A team of four University of Florida students took second place in the first annual MuniMod statewide hackathon competition May 13 in Orlando. The 24-hourlong event, which presents civic problems challenging our cities, is sponsored by Florida League of Cities and Domi Station. Each team competes for a grand prize of $10,000 to continue the work on their project. This time around, however, an on-the-spot second place prize – written out on a napkin -- was handed out by judges to reflect a one-point difference.

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McGrogan Active Learning Center

Gainesville, FL – Students in the University of Florida’s Innovation Academy now have a space to match their creative spirits in the $240 thousand McGrogan Active Learning Center.

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UF Ranked Top Three at Moving Ideas from Lab to Real World

The University of Florida ranks third among all research universities in the country for getting its ideas out of the laboratory and into the real world, according to the Milken Institute’s 2017 ranking of Best Universities for Technology Transfer released today.

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