Norway Innovation Scholars Program

The Norway Innovation Scholars interim program offers an opportunity for selected science, nursing, and business students to complete research projects submitted by a biotech company. Four St. Olaf students are selected to participate in this experience modeled after the Mayo Innovation Scholars. The Norway Innovation Scholars will have the unique opportunity of spending four weeks in Norway in January performing market analysis, evaluating intellectual property issues, and creating a strategic plan.

Budget

Cost per student will be approximately $3,000. This includes travel, housing, and food. The Piper Center will provide $2,000, and students will be responsible for approximately $1,000 (or less).

Impact/Outcomes

The program aims to provide first-hand experience to science, nursing, and economics students on how science and business intersect. Norway Innovation Scholars will gain meaningful experience in areas like: technology transfer, business development, marketing, design thinking, intellectual property, health insurance, market analysis, and regulatory affairs. The partner organizations and project types vary from year to year. Students will present their findings at the end of the interim experience.

Norway School of Business Support

Magne Supphellen and Truls Liland, faculty members at the Hauge School of Management and NLA University College, have graciously volunteered to serve as faculty advisors for this project.


How to Apply

Eligibility

  • Interim Program: Junior or Senior
  • Major or concentration in any of the natural sciences, nursing, economics, management or media studies, mathematics, or with other relevant academic background/experience
  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to extend one’s knowledge base to the topic at hand and to conceptualize and frame relevant questions
  • Previous experience in research preferred but not required
  • Evidence of effectiveness as part of a team
  • Understanding and respect for confidentiality
  • Willingness to commit time and energy to the project

Information Sessions: Thursday, September 19th & Wednesday September 25th, 6:00-7:00pm TOH 200.

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 6, 2019 (11:59 p.m.)

Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript – Log in to the SIS go to grades -> select all years/terms -> export as a PDF file (one way to do this is by going to a print screen and clicking on “view as PDF”, or “view in preview”)
  • Letter explaining interest in this initiative, describing background and specific experiences related to the project, and providing an example of a team on which the student has been an effective member
  • Name of one faculty member to be used as a reference, indicated in the letter

Application Process

  1. Login to Handshake via the directions next to the login fields Search for “Norway Innovation Scholars Program” under the job and internship postings tab.
  2. Save your resume, unofficial transcript & cover letter to a common location
  3. Upload your resume “under resume”, your transcript under “unofficial transcript”, and your letter explaining interest under “writing sample” (all under the “Documents” tab on the blue menu bar).
  4. On the right hand panel, select your resume, transcript & personal statement – click “Submit”.

Interviews of Selected Students

A team of faculty and staff will conduct formal interviews after review of applications.  Final selection will be based on academic background and related experience with care taken to create the appropriate mix of backgrounds on each team.


Past Participants

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

Read about how past participants gained experience in business abroad.