Technology and Business Transformation Fellows

Information Technologies have not only become the lifeline of all organizations, but also the heart of innovation in all business sectors. The Technology and Business Transformation Fellows Program aims to identify and train students who are passionate about leveraging the latest technologies for business as well as social transformation. This Fellows program will provide students the opportunity to interact with the faculty in small classes as well as collaborate with faculty on state-of-the art industry and research projects. The Fellows in this program will also assist faculty in integrating emerging technologies into the undergraduate IS curriculum.

Professor Louiqa Raschid is the current Faculty Champion for the TBT Fellows. Peng Huang will be the Faculty Champion for TBT Fellows for 2014-2015.

Curriculum --1-year program

  • BMGT 302F (Business Computer Application Programming) - Required - Dedicated Fellows Section - Fall
  • BMGT 402F (Database Management Systems) - Required - Dedicated Fellows Section - Spring

Recommended Courses:

  • BMGT 406 (Web Applications Development) - Recommended - Not Dedicated Fellows Section - Fall
  • BMGT 485 (Project Management) - Recommended - Not Dedicated Fellows Section - Fall

NOTE: Program is open to juniors and seniors and must be completed within one year of being admitted.

Co-Curricular Activities/Events

TBT Fellows are required to participate in at least two co-curricular events each semester such as:

  • IS Careers Night 
  • TechFest 
  • CIO Forum Networking Event 
  • Speaker Series on Information Systems Technology & Innovation
  • Dedicated Practicum in Project Management and Technology Innovation

Additional Opportunities for Seniors

  • Research internships in DIGITS and CHIDS
  • Paid teaching assistant positions
  • Smith Technology Innovation fellowships

Additional Responsibilities

  • Review current status of technology, exercises and cases used in these courses.
  • Develop “Technology & Innovation” cases and reading material (in collaboration with faculty).
  • Develop a desired portfolio based on feedback from employers and alumni.
  • Assist in Benchmarking Top IS programs.

Co-Curricular Activities & Events

  • Speaker Series on Information Systems Technology & Innovation
  • Dedicated Practicum in Project Management and Technology Innovation

Fellows Application Eligibility

  • Rising junior or senior standing. (You may apply if you are applying to Smith for 2014-2015.)
  • Open to all BMGT majors; Information Systems majors preferred; IS double-majors are encouraged to apply.
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA preferred
  • BMGT 301(Introduction to Information Systems) with a grade of B- or better. NOTE: May complete spring semester at time of application or fall semester; admission is provisional, contingent upon satisfactory completion of BMGT 301 with a B- or better.

Application Process

The priority application deadline for TBT Fellows was February 10. There are a few remaining spots intended for transfer students. Applications are due at 11:59pm on May 4.

Access the application here. Note: You cannot save and go back to your application, so have your resume and cover letter explaining your interest in TBT Fellows ready to upload.

Questions? Contact Emily Doane (edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu).