President Pershing defines what it means to be a student at the University of Utah.

What It Means to Be a Student at the U

The University of Utah encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurship. Excellence in education is paired with the support needed to pursue ideas through hands-on experience. Inside “Student Innovation @ the U,” you’ll see how incredible students at the University of Utah, and their ideas, are prospering in this environment. You’ll also find many tips and ideas for getting involved.

We encourage all students to apply what they are learning by imagining the possibilities, then turning thought into action.

Our world-renowned faculty and staff endeavor to provide students with the best experiences possible. What is accomplished by students, who immerse in their educations, create and innovate, is remarkable. To list a few examples: Students are developing new fuels that will change the way we power the planet. They’re launching startup companies that will impact their communities. They’re inventing medical devices that will save thousands of lives, and they’re creating works of art that are already changing our perceptions.

The best way to illustrate this success is by telling students’ stories. That’s the purpose of this publication. Read it to learn more about what it means to be a student at the U. Read it as a starting place for how you will “Imagine. Then Do.”

David Pershing, President, University of Utah

From Student Leaders

“Why wait until you graduate to apply what you’ve learned? Here at the University of Utah, students have the ability to innovate their ideas fresh from the classroom. Collaboration and innovation are at your fingertips. Students can find the tools for success by having hands-on access to world-class faculty, lab space, equipment and more.” — Ambra Jackson, Student Body President

“The University of Utah is so much more than showing up to attend class. It provides the opportunity to fully immerse yourself into a community full of resources. No matter your major or interests, the U allows you to become an innovator. You work with renowned faculty, have access to incredible facilities and the potential to pull from numerous funding opportunities.” — Anthony Fratto Oyler, Student Body Vice President


Find this article and a lot more in the 2016 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.

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