DI Student Fellows Program

The Design Innovation Fellows Program is a network of student leaders committed to positive change. This program empowers students to engage in and become ambassadors for cross-disciplinary challenge-based innovation. We aspire to create an impactful community of thinkers, makers, and doers who seek out, reframe and inspire solutions.

Meet Our DI Fellows

The DI Fellows Program students all undertake a quest-like approach to acquiring experiences with each of the 11 "Elements" in the DI Toolkit. As they progress in these experiences, they achieve levels in the program. Students who have successfully completed Level 2 become formally recognized as "DI Fellows" at Kent State University. After Levels 2, 3 and 4, increasing levels of funding support become available for DI Fellows to apply for supporting their collaborative project ideas. See the description, responsibilities and benefits of each level listed below:

Level 1

Filling out application, having introductory meeting with J.R. and attending a DI Fellows Program meeting to get started.

Responsibilities:
  • attend at least one meeting per month.
  • review the ENTIRE DI Toolkit and become familiar with the 11 Elements.
  • participate in DI experiences to support the quest, selecting those experiences to support attaining completion of 4 Elements reflections.
  • begin learning about the DI Fellows Quest, post reflections to our DI Fellows Program Canvas environment in the "discussions" section to allow all other students in the program to view your reflections.
Benefits:
  • once confirmed as a member in the DI Fellows Program, you will receive a key card to permit access to use the DI Fellows Suite in the DI HUB to use as a space to meet, study, hang out and/or plan DI challenge-based innovation (CBI) projects. 
Level 2

Complete experiences and post reflections (in any format - written, video, illustration, podcast, etc.) on how you have addressed at least 4 of the Elements in the DI Toolkit (We recommend that each element be addressed through different experiences, like helping to facilitate four different challenge-based innovation activities, etc.). ​ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS LEVEL, YOU WILL FORMALLY BE RECOGNIZED AS A DI FELLOW (prior to that, you are in 'trainee' mode).

Responsibilities:
  • attend at least one meeting per month.
  • plan to help in initiating new CBI projects with other students in the DI Fellows Program that bring awareness to the program and help other students in the program gain experience with the Elements.
  • begin to serve on DI Taskforce Teams with faculty/staff DI Team members .
  • post 4 reflections to our DI Fellows Program Canvas environment in the "discussions" section on the next 4 Elements you choose to attain; and allow all other students in the program to view your reflections.
  • across the span of a year, contribute at least 20 hours of your time to support DI CBI projects/activities.
Benefits:
  • After completing Level 2, you will formally be recognized as a "DI Fellow" and 'pinned' with recognition at our annual ceremony.
  • As a DI Fellow at Level 2, you can apply for funding support to develop collaborative CBI projects (up to $500/project).
Level 3

Complete experiences and post reflections (in any format - written, video, illustration, podcast, etc.) on how you have addressed at least 4 MORE of the Elements in the DI Toolkit.

Responsibilities:
  • attend at least one meeting per month
  • take charge in organizing a team, planning and executing new CBI projects with other students in the DI Fellows Program that bring awareness to the program and help other students in the program gain experience with the Elements
  • serve on DI Taskforce Teams with faculty/staff DI Team members 
  • post 4 reflections to our DI Fellows Program Canvas environment in the "discussions" section on the next 4 Elements you choose to attain; and allow all other students in the program to view your reflections
  • across the span of a year, contribute at least 20 hours of your time to support DI CBI projects/activities
Benefits:
  • After completing Level 3, you will formally be recognized as an advanced DI Fellow and 'pinned' with further recognition at our annual ceremony
  • As a DI Fellow at Level 3, you can apply for funding support to develop collaborative CBI projects (up to $1000/project)
Level 4

Complete experiences and post reflections (in any format - written, video, illustration, podcast, etc.) on the remaining 3 Elements in the DI Toolkit.

Responsibilities:
  • attend at least one meeting per month
  • plan and lead new CBI projects with other students in the DI Fellows Program that bring awareness to the program and help other students in the program gain experience with the Elements
  • serve on DI Taskforce Teams with faculty/staff DI Team members 
  • post 3 reflections to our DI Fellows Program Canvas environment in the "discussions" section on the next 3 Elements you choose to attain; and allow all other students in the program to view your reflections
  • across the span of a year, contribute at least 20 hours of your time to support DI CBI projects/activities
Benefits:
  • After completing Level 4, you will formally be recognized as a Master DI Fellow and 'pinned' with further recognition at our annual ceremony
  • As a DI Fellow at Level 4, you can apply for funding support to develop collaborative CBI projects (up to $5000/project)
  • Be part of a leadership team that produces a national Design Innovation Symposium event for students from any college/university to attend

DI Fellows Program Levels Structure

Fellows Program Level Structure