Authors and Advisors


Alaina G. Levine

Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, STEM career consultant, science journalist, professional speaker, and corporate comedian. Her first book, Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015), was named one of the Top 5 Books of 2015 by Physics Today magazine. As President of Quantum Success Solutions, she is a prolific speaker and writer on career development and professional advancement for engineers and scientists. She has delivered over 700 speeches for clients in the US, Europe, Mexico, and Canada, and has written over 350 articles in international publications such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and National Geographic News Watch. Previously, as Director of Special Projects at the University of Arizona College of Science, she oversaw the Professional Science Master's Program in Applied Science and Business, and launched and taught the first course in entrepreneurship for scientists at that university.

Lead advisors

Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera researches "Big Data" problems and applies methodologies emphasizing "Business Geographics," which integrates Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, and statistics. He brings this approach to problems in Marketing, Real Estate, Retail Site Selection, Economic Geography, and Data Analytics and challenges students to use these methods to solve problems and conduct research. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award, and is an Emeritus President of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Rivera regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs. He serves as a consultant to government, business, and higher education and served as the Provost of Carthage College overseeing all aspects of the College's academic administration (2010–14).

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-Informed Teaching, and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.


Dr. William Campbell

Bill Campbell holds the AB from Kenyon College and Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University, St. Louis. He has taught philosophy and served as an administrator at several institutions, most recently as Director of Grants and Research at University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He retired from that position in 2010 and launched Campbell Grants & Research, LLC. He consults with colleges, universities, and non-profits on grant proposals, leads proposal-writing workshops, and serves as external evaluator of programs, offices, and grant-funded projects. He is the author of The Power to Learn: Helping Yourself to College Success (Wadsworth, 1991; 1996) and the co-editor of New Paradigms for College Teaching (with Karl Smith; Interaction Books, 1996). He is an active member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and has served CUR as Councilor, Treasurer, President, and General Representative.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Course structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Course files

    Module 1: The entrepreneurial landscape

    • Understanding the entrepreneurial landscape
    • The entrepreneurial mindset across disciplines
    • Pursuing a career in entrepreneurship
    • Networking and entrepreneurship
    • Module summary

    Module 2: Intellectual property and knowledge transfer

    • Is your idea ready for commercialization?
    • Intellectual property
    • Commercialization skills and processes
    • Working with your tech transfer office
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Entrepreneurial activity and negotiation

    • The importance of planning
    • Deciding which plan to use
    • Negotiation
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • Real-life scenarios offering useful and practical advice
  • A comic strip exploring aspects of commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Supporting institutions

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Oakland University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point