Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs

Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs is a research fellowship program for female Huntsman School students who are interested in careers related to higher education, academia, business, or public policy. Fellows receive funding of $3,000 per semester.

Much like fellows in our Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, ARA fellows participate in research across the full breadth of the CGO’s policy portfolio, including innovation and entrepreneurship; health, wealth, and human capital; and business, government, and civil society.

In addition to research opportunities, fellows take part in professional development training and receive executive mentorship through personal interaction with Amy Rees Anderson, for whom the program is named. Anderson’s input continues to inform the structure of the program, and her example provides students with a powerful and unique role model as they pursue their academic goals. Applications for the fall 2020 – spring 2021 fellowship must be received by April 8th.

The Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs fellowship is renewable until the completion of the student’s degree.

Amy Rees Anderson and 2019 Cohort
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Fellowship Specifics

  • Actively participate in the full fellowship experience; fellows should expect to spend 15 – 20 hours per week on CGO-related activities (predominantly research, but also training, meetings and special events)
  • Maintain good academic standing with Utah State University at all times
  • Open to female undergraduate students with a declared major in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
  • Stipend amounts to $3,000/semester

About Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson started her first healthcare technology company at age 23 and credits entrepreneurship as the path that allowed her to be self-reliant during her years as a single mother of two young children.  Rees Anderson went on to become founder and CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc., one of the largest cloud-based health information exchanges. In March 2012, Amy successfully led MediConnect to being acquired by Verisk Analytics (VRSK) for over $377 million.

Leadership has always come naturally to Rees Anderson, who, while as CEO was known for her daily blogs and hands-on approach to managing a large and diverse workforce. She often lectures at universities, business summits, and conventions on leadership, management, and entrepreneurship.

After selling her company, Rees Anderson founded and continues to run REES Capital, an angel investment firm, as well as the IPOP Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship as a pathway to self-reliance.

She continues to be a prolific writer — continuing her daily blogs, while also regularly contributing to Forbes and The Huffington Post. Rees Anderson has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other national publications. In 2015 Amy received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.

Amy currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including:  Governor Herbert’s Advisory Team, Huntsman Cancer Foundation Executive Council; Chair of Utah Valley University National Advisory Board for Woodbury School of Business; University of Utah National Advisory Board for David Eccles School of Business, Center for Medical Innovation, and Technology Commercialization Board; Brigham Young University Founders Board and BYU’s Wheatley Institute Ethics Advisory Council; Utah State University Clark Entrepreneur Founders Board; Sandy City Chamber of Commerce; and The Hale Center Theater Board.