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UC Creates President's Sustainability Student Fellowship/Internship Program
The University of California created the President’s Sustainability Student Fellowship/Internship Program to support UC’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. The UC Office of the President will provide $7,500 to each of UC’s 10 campuses, as well as the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to fund student awards in support of UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative and other university sustainability efforts. Awards were made early 2015.

6 Entrepreneurism & Leadership Programs Teams Advanced to USD Social Innovation Challenge Semi-Finals
We are proud to announce that six out of those 17 teams hail from the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Entrepreneurism and Leadership programs.

The Basement is Open for Business
The Basement—a new collaborative, connective space for the campus’s community of student innovators—continues this tradition of entrepreneurism.

Change Agent
Fieldwork has led Burney to develop technologies to help farmers in Africa adapt to climate change. She helped develop solar irrigation systems that enable African farmers to grow more fruits and vegetables year round.

Entrepreneurism & Leadership Program Students Sweep Top Places at E-Challenge Contest
Six students supported by the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s Entrepreneurism and Leadership Programs sweep five out of six top positions at the Entrepreneur Challenge Elevator Pitch Contest.

Film Project Highlights Entrepreneurism at UC San Diego and on Torrey Pines Mesa
A breakthrough today was a crazy idea yesterday. That’s a line from a new film project that documents a student-driven effort at UC San Diego and research institutions across the Torrey Pines Mesa to encourage students to turn ideas and breakthroughs into startup companies.

Student Entrepreneurs Find Success with Smart Earplugs
When Daniel Lee enrolled in Nate Delson’s Product Design and Entrepreneurship class at UC San Diego, becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t on his radar. But a little more than a year later, Lee and two other students at the Jacobs School of Engineering already have raised more than $450,000 through crowdfunding for their start-up company, Hush Technology.

Four UC San Diego Students Awarded Global Food Initiative Fellowships
The University of California announced that 54 UC students have been awarded UC Global Food Initiative fellowships, funding projects that will address issues ranging from community gardens and food pantries to urban agriculture and food waste.

NSF Profiles Innovative Ocean Aerosol Program
‘Science Nation’ video explores the quest to understand the influence marine microbes have on climate

A Former Food Desert Now Feeds a Community’s Spirit
The Ocean View Growing Grounds in Southeastern San Diego offers a place for community members to grow nutritious food, make connections and hold neighborhood events.

Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP)
Our campus is deeply invested in a future of multidisciplinary research into critical scientific and social issues. The strategic research themes we have identified will allow us to capitalize on our individual and collaborative strengths, and to shape our university's work well into this new century.

UC San Diego To Install 2.5 Megawatt Energy Storage System
Energy from the system, which UCSD officials say will be one of the largest in the United States, will be connected into the school's own power grid. The university generates 92 percent of the electricity used on campus.

Duane Roth Innovation Grant
Annual funding program honors former San Diego biotech advocate and leader

$1 Million Endowment to Help Establish Center for Social Innovation and Impact at Rady School
A $1 million endowment from Carol Lazier and Family has been given to the University of California, San Diego to help establish the Center for Social Innovation and Impact and the Endowed Chair in Social Innovation and Impact at the Rady School of Management.

Coding for a Cause
UC San Diego student entrepreneur wins $10,000 Microsoft award to develop app for social change

UC San Diego Undergraduates Organize First TEDxUCSD
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” a team of UC San Diego undergraduate students has organized the first TEDxUCSD.

GRAIN Hopes to Sow Sustainable Success in Developing World
A new multidisciplinary initiative is taking seed at the University of California, San Diego, and with support from the university's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), its organizers hope to reap a harvest of self-directed improvements in the developing world.