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Creativity Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholars

CIE Scholars program is a distinguished initiative developed to recognize and engage the top graduate students at OSU. Each semester, a small group of outstanding students from graduate programs across campus are chosen to participate. Each student admitted to the class will receive a scholarship. Selection criteria include academic performance and achievements, leadership experiences, extracurricular or community engagement and unique life accomplishments.
CIE scholars develop a commercialization plan for research performed on campus or other technical ideas. Students on interdisciplinary teams will use the OSU NSF Innovation Corps Process. This class is part of the NSF I-Corps program under contract 1548003. All participants in the class will become funded NSF researchers and gain lineage that will allow them to apply for the I-Corps nationals program.


  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program at OSU.
  • Full- and part-time students are considered, but must be available to actively participate and complete group work.
  • No academic prerequisites required. However, adequate evidence of significant academic accomplishments required.

CIE Values

  • Excellence
  • Innovativeness
  • Creativity
  • Responsibility for change
  • Engagement in one’s surroundings
  • Personal integrity
  • Strong moral character


Eligible students who complete an application will be required to interview for the CIE scholarship. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. All selection decisions will be made prior to the commencement of the semester. Applications will be accepted until the class is full. Apply

Scholar Responsibilities

If chosen as a CIE Scholar, the student must participate in a three-credit hour course focusing on experiential learning through the development of a commercialization plan for a student or University Developed Technology. This technology can be the product of research completed by students in the class. Students will be placed in a multi-disciplinary team to interview researchers, customers, vendors, regulators and others, as necessary, to understand the commercial viability of the technology. Class procedures are based on the Lean LaunchPad Approach by Steve Blank and as approved by the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program. The final deliverable for the class is a full commercialization plan in the form of an investor presentation and a complete business plan. The student makes a commitment to fulfill these responsibilities at the time they are selected as a CIE Scholar. Any student who fails to meet these responsibilities will be removed from the program and the scholarship rescinded.

Class options

Fall semester


Instructor: David Thomison



On campus

OSU Stillwater

Instructor: Richard Gajan


Mondays 4:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Spring semester

Hybrid – online and on campus


Instructor: David Thomison


Program Benefactors

The CIE Scholars program is made possible by generous donations from Malone Mitchell and other OSU alumni. In addition, the support of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and the Spears School of Business is integral to the ongoing success of the program.

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