Creative Inquiry

Student Spotlights

Clemson grad heads overseas on Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

While it might be strange and at the same time exciting for Hattie Duplechain to be heading off to Nepal at the end of the summer, to those who know her it’s completely natural.

She’ll be spending the next year on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship working with either high school or college students. Extremely prestigious, the Fulbright was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946. One of its goals is to encourage relations and mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries.

Tyler Ovington, Named Finalist for Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition is a nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students, with winning undergraduate teams receiving $10,000 in two categories and graduate student winners receiving $15,000 in two categories:

  • "Cure it!" for students with inventions that can improve healthcare
  • "Use it!" for students with inventions that can improve consumer devices and tools

Tyler was chosen as a finalist in the "Cure it!" undergraduate team category for his work in the Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World project. The other students associated with this team are Alex Devon, and Kayla Gainey. Kayla is now a Graduate student mentor to the team she joined as an undergraduate student.

The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Students interesting in applying for this competition in 2015 can contact the Lemelson-MIT program directly at to find out further details on the application process.

Please join us in congratulating Tyler Ovington!

Winners for the "Cure it!" Lemeslon-MIT Prize and the "Use it!" Lemelson-MIT Prize will be announced April 9, 2014.