Fellows Program

Some of the OTL Fellows: Michelle Barnett, MTA Fellow; Jackie Joiner, Social Media/Marketing Fellow; Ryan Chastain-Gross, Marketing/Patent Fellow; Christel Harlacher, Patent Fellow; and Amy Emerson, Marketing Fellow.

Some of the OTL Fellows: Michelle Barnett, MTA Fellow; Jackie Joiner, Social Media/Marketing Fellow; Ryan Chastain-Gross, Marketing/Patent Fellow; Christel Harlacher, Patent Fellow; and Amy Emerson, Marketing Fellow.

OTL offers paid fellowships in technology management and commercialization, commonly referred to as technology transfer. Technology transfer is the practice of transferring inventions from the research lab to the marketplace to benefit the public, and is an interesting blend of science, business, and law. Fellows work closely with professionals at OTL on a part-time basis, providing support in various aspects of technology management, including invention assessments and marketing. Participation in the Fellows Program is a unique educational experience that offers students the opportunity to contribute to the commercialization of UF technologies.

Fellows are exposed to a unique blend of disciplines and a variety of projects that a technology transfer officer might face each day. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore a career that requires broad scientific expertise, business insight, and legal acumen to convert basic research into practical applications.

The Fellows Program offers four tracks:

Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) Fellows delve into the realm of material transfer agreements, helping make sense and order of the data that comes through our office. Currently accepting applications. See How to Apply below

Multimedia Fellows communicate big ideas in succinctly written social media posts and prepare diagrams, charts and other graphics to use as visual communications for print, email, websites, video and social media. Not accepting applications

Prior Art Fellows, typically second- or third-year law students, determine the commercial viability of new inventions and analyze parent literature. Not accepting applications

Writing Fellows write marketing materials for technologies and identify potential industries or investors. Currently accepting applicationsSee How to Apply below

 

Minimum Qualifications for all Fellows

  • Graduate students or upper level undergraduate students enrolled at UF
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Availability for 12-15 hours per week between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday and commitment to work a minimum of two semesters
  • Ability to review materials and draw out the most important information
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all work-related information
  • Proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Professional demeanor and dress
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good organizational skills
  • Strong academic performance

Materials Fellows Qualifications

  • Incoming 2nd or 3rd year law students enrolled at UF
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in patent law preferred
  • Proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to understand and apply standard operating procedures (SOP), and applicable rules/regulation/policies
  • Strong academic performance
  • An interest in technology/invention transfer/commercialization preferred
  • Strong scientific/technical background (esp.: biology, chemistry) preferred
  • An interest in technology/invention transfer/commercialization preferred

Multimedia Fellows Qualifications

  • Social media experience
  • Proficiency in Adobe CC 
  • An interest in science or and interest in science and technology transfer
  • Experience in either entrepreneurial marketing or translational science/health communication

Prior Art Fellows Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in patent law
  • Second- or third-year law students
  • Strong scientific/technical background

Writing Fellows Qualifications

  • A background in science or and interest in science and technology transfer
  • Experience in either entrepreneurial marketing or translational science/health communication
  • Working knowledge of Adobe CC 
 
Fellows are paid and will be provided a parking pass for working hours at OTL’s offices in the Innovation Hub at UF.

How to apply- Materials 

Email a statement expressing your interest, including the hours you are available to work, to Sharon Lu.

How to apply- Multimedia

Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, links, #tags or @usernames that show your work, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to complete a writing assessment and interview.

How to apply- Prior Art

Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline.

How to apply- Writing

Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to complete a technical writing assessment and interview.