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CIE Scholarship Information

CIE Students


The Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Scholars Program is a distinguished initiative developed to recognize and engage the top graduate students at OSU. Each year, up to 22 outstanding students from graduate programs across campus are chosen based on an application and interview process. Selected individuals are awarded a $2,000 scholarship during the Semester. Selection criteria include previous academic performance and achievements, leadership experiences, extracurricular or community engagement activity, and unique life accomplishments. Graduate students with academic interests in any discipline are welcome to apply.

The CIE Program

The CIE Scholars program will take research being performed on campus or other technical ideas and the Scholars will spend a semester developing a commercialization plan for the technology. Students will participate on interdisciplinary teams using the OSU NSF Innovation Corps Process ( All participants in the class will become funded NSF researchers.

The CIE Values

The CIE Scholars program is intended to recognize and celebrate the best. The core values that underlie this program are excellence, innovativeness, creativity, responsibility for change, engagement in one’s surroundings, personal integrity and strong moral character. These values are central to all aspects of the CIE program.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible to serve as a CIE Scholar, students must be enrolled in a graduate level program at OSU. Student participation has ranged from Masters of Science, MBA, MSE, and PhD candidates. Both full- and part-time students are considered, but students must be available to actively participate and complete group work. No academic prerequisites are required for the class. However, the student should have adequate evidence of significant academic accomplishments.

Student Class Options

This class is being taught in two different sections. The first section is Online Only and is being taught by David Thomison. The second section is being taught in class on the Stillwater campus on Monday evenings from 4:30-7:15 by Richard Gajan.

Scholarship Acceptance Requirements

Each student admitted to the class will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The recipient will be required to write a handwritten thank you note to the donor, sign a non-disclosure agreement with the university, and of course complete the class in good standing. Please note that there is a significant amount of work in this class.

Scholar Responsibilities

If chosen as a CIE Scholar, the student must participate in a three-credit hour course in the fall semester 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 with fellow classmates. Activities include interviewing researchers, customers, vendors, as well as 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 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.

Selection Process

The CIE Scholars is a competitive program. Students will be invited to apply to become CIE Scholars. Application forms are available online by clicking here. Eligible students will be selected from the pool of applicants to interview for the CIE scholarship beginning immediately. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis beginning August 1. All selection decisions will be made prior to the commencement of the semester.

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.

For More Information

If you would like additional information, contact:

Richard Gajan (In-Class), (405) 744-2356 or


David Thomison (Online Only) (405) 744-7391 or

Application will be accepted until the class is full.

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