Each summer, the CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholars program funds full-time summer internships in faculty-led commercialization initiatives. The 2019 program featured ten motivated undergrad students who contributed to University of Washington researcher-led initiatives,learned about applied research, and gained first-hand experience intaking novel innovations to market.
Students brought diverse expertise in Electrical Engineering, Biochemistry, Bioresource Science & Engineering, Interactive Media Design, Linguistics, Chemical Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. The summer internship not only provides students a platform to learn, but also connects them with further funding and fellowship opportunities. In a post-program feedback report, all of the participating faculty members said their students exceeded their expectations. Faculty were astonished by the huge amount of work students accomplished during the summer and how quickly they integrated into the labs in a productive way.