Students in the News

Matt Hutchison Competes with U of I Pitch Team

Matt pitching his business

The U of I Discovery Partners Institute participated in a completion similar to the television show Shark Tank, pitching business startup ideas.  UIS Peoria MBA student Matt Hutchison was on the team finishing second place during the Final Four Pitch Competition hosted by Chicago-based 1871, a non-profit digital startup incubator.  This is the first time a UIS student has participated.

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Judy Zhu’s GPSI Supervisor Wins Annual Award

Judy and her supervisor.Each year Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) students nominate supervisors to receive the Sagarika Madala Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership.  The 2018 award winner, recognized at the annual GPSI breakfast, was Lori Sorenson of the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIt), supervisor to MBA student Judy Zhu.  Read comments from Judy’s nomination. 

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UIS Students Win 2018 SAM Case Competition

UIS team
MBA student Adella Nguyen (third from left) with her team and UIS faculty.

UIS won first place in the Open Division Collegiate Management Case Competition organized by the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM).  It was their first time to participate as a UIS SAM chapter.

The team included Adella Nguyen, MBA student and GPSI intern at the Office of Rapid Results in the Department of Central Management Services.  Adella is also one of the founders of the UIS SAM Chapter, started in August 2017.  Read more about Adella and the SAM competition.