For Students

Students should submit their application or any questions to the committee at Students are also encouraged to visit their student success center for more information.

Please use this packet to assist you with all required courses, experiential activities, signatures, and etc.

What to submit:

  1. Create an electronic portfolio consisting of the following:
    • Cover letter for application
    • Plan of study template
    • 1-3 page summary describing each of your I&E activities (for fulfillment of the evidence requirements)
    • Time sheet for each activity (weekly hourly estimate of time spent on project), template
  2. Submit these to the I&E committee via


  1. The plan of study will give initial approval to your plan for the I&E certificate. This will guide your planning for courses and I&E activity to meet the certificate requirements
  2. If you alter your plan, you must resubmit the amended plan
  3. The plan can be submitted at anytime prior to or with the application. It is encouraged however that students submit their plan prior to engaging in the first I&E experience.
  4. The I&E certificate requires evidence of innovative and entrepreneurial activity. By definition, these activities must be directed by the student with all or a majority of the activity taking place outside of traditional classroom, instructor-driven settings. The requirements for achieving 6 hours equivalent experience are the following:
    1. Required to be two distinct activities (maximum 3 equivalent credit hours assigned to any one activity)
    2. The activity must include innovative effort, entrepreneurial effort, or both. Possible topics include:
      1. Competing in innovation or entrepreneurship type contests, such as the Eagle Works Competition
      2. Independent research, presented at a public forum
      3. Starting a small business based on an innovative idea
      4. Taking part in an organized program to mentor and train young innovators or entrepreneurs (for example Launch TN programs)
  5. Document a minimum of 126 hours for each of the two activities (252 total hours)
  6. One activity (3 equivalent hours) must include working on a interdisciplinary team, where interdisciplinary means working with peers outside your degree department (EX: nursing students working with engineering students)