Entrepreneurial STEM students wanted for new Ph.D. program

Nanotechnology research at Missouri S&T

The new Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Doctoral Fellows Program provides 12-month stipends and tuition remission for up to four years to qualified students pursuing a Ph.D. at Missouri S&T. The program is open to full-time domestic and international students admitted to a STEM degree program at Missouri S&T. The fellowship is limited to 100 students annually, and students may now apply for the fall 2021 semester.

The Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program is supported through a recent $300 million gift to Missouri S&T from June and Fred Kummer, successful business leaders from St. Louis. Fred Kummer is a 1955 civil engineering graduate of Missouri S&T and a successful entrepreneur who founded HBE Corp., a leading design-build company that specialized in constructing medical centers and other health care facilities.

“June and Fred’s vision is to equip today’s students become the innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and leaders of the future,” says Dr. Mo Dehghani, chancellor of Missouri S&T. “We are grateful to the Kummers for creating this fellowship for qualified and deserving students who want to pursue a doctoral education at S&T, one of the nation’s leading technological research universities.”

The Kummer program differs from many Ph.D. fellowships because it is designed to immerse students in the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship with the goal of conducting research that will benefit society in practical, applied ways, Dehghani says.

“Our desire, and June and Fred Kummer’s desire, is to help instill an entrepreneurial mindset in our best and brightest doctoral students,” he says.

Students interested in becoming a Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellow for the inaugural fall 2021 class should apply by Feb. 19. A selection committee will review all qualified applicants, and students selected for the program will be notified by April 12.

For more information about the program, visit KummerInstitute.mst.edu/FellowsProgram.