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Innovation[X] Student Experience

The Innovation[X] Program is an opportunity to engage a broad array of students in a transformative learning project and explore translating research into actions that will have an impact on the community, nation, and the world.  

Teams must consist of an interdisciplinary set of faculty members and a multidisciplinary team of 10-20 students, both undergraduate and graduate, from across the university.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Eligibility
  • Incoming freshman, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of any major and from any Texas A&M University school or college are welcome to apply.
Maximum Number of Projects
  • Each applicant can apply for up to three (3) Innovation[X] projects in any given cycle.
  • All three (3) project choices should be made in one application.
  • Students do not need to fill out separate applications for each project.
Student Selection

Faculty team leaders and contributors review student applications and invite selected students to participate in their projects.

Project Timing
  1. Student applications are typically accepted through July.
  2. Student selection typically occurs late summer.
  3. Each project runs one academic year, beginning in August.

Innovation[X] By The Numbers

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Students ranged from undergraduate freshman to PhD students, and everything in between.

Majors Represented

Common majors included Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Public Health, Meteorology, Geophysics, Business, Management of Information Systems, Finance, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology.

Colleges or Schools Represented

Public Health, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Mays Business, and Science were represented by at least 10 students each.

Interested in Participating?

Student applications for the 2020-2021 Innovation[X] projects are currently being evaluated, and team leaders will contact applicants directly.

We will open up student applications for undergraduates, graduate students, professional students, and postdocs for the next Innovation[X] project cohort in Spring 2021.

Questions? Please contact Bob Shandley, Associate Dean, or Emily Finbow, Assistant Director, at

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