The Norway Innovation Scholars Program offers an opportunity for selected science, nursing, and business students to complete research projects submitted by a Norwegian biotech company. Four St. Olaf students are selected to participate in this experience modeled after the Mayo Innovation Scholars. The Norway Innovation Scholars typically have the unique opportunity of spending four weeks in Norway in January performing market analysis, evaluating intellectual property issues, and creating a strategic plan. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the interim 2022 experience will take place on the St. Olaf campus. The Interim experience is offered through the Biology 395 course, which is taught by Dr. Kevin Crisp in the St. Olaf Biology Department.
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 Health Tech
Norway Health Tech, a technology cluster facilitating the country’s growth of new and innovative healthcare solutions, serves as a partner in this program and helps coordinate the connection between the St. Olaf students and the participating Norwegian biotech companies.
Interim participants will receive a $1000 stipend upon completion of the project.
How to Apply
- 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 16th – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in TOH 280 OR Monday, September 27th – 4:00-5:00 p.m. in TOH 200.
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.
- 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
- Login to Handshake via the directions next to the login fields Search for “Norway Innovation Scholars Program” under the job and internship postings tab.
- Save your resume, unofficial transcript & cover letter to a common location
- 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).
- 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 on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 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. Final decisions will be made by October 25th, 2021.
Read about how past participants gained experience in business abroad.