World-Class Innovation and Leadership Through Honors Education

Evan Williams
Bill Gates
Jeffrey S. Raikes

Evan Williams of Twitter, Bill Gates and of course, Jeff Raikes

Our computer science and management focus attracts the sharpest minds - among students and industry giants alike. Our students have heard from (and now you can too, through these videos) Twitter's Evan Williams, Bill Gates and the namesake of the program, Jeff Raikes.

EntrepreneuringDays@UNL Showcases Local and National Student Innovation

The undergraduate and overall grand prize winning team was James Verhoeff, a senior marketing and management major from Cortland, Neb., and Zach Christensen, a junior biochemistry major from Elkhorn, Neb., with a mobile app called Pickit. The app allows users access to deals from local merchants redeemed by scanning a card at the merchant. The merchant is charged a commission with each swipe, half of which goes to a nonprofit chosen by the consumer. The team was awarded a grand prize of $50,000 to start the business.

The third prize went to Eric Hess, a senior accounting major from Lincoln, Neb., and Nick Graef, a senior computer science major and business minor from Hickman, Neb. Their app allows golf courses to offer promotions and specials to help fill empty tee times, improving earnings and creating customer loyalty. Read more about EntrepreneuringDays@UNL.

Raikes School students
Raikes students win $58,000 in national app-development contest

In a live webcast in front of as many as 3,000 people across the nation on Feb. 15, students from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management cheered after winning more than $58,000 in an app-development challenge.

"Team Stock Bros" students Neema Bahramzad, Alec Johnston, Chris Johnson, Clay Upton and Derek Guenther will split most of the prize money won in a competition among 29 teams from universities across the country. A portion of the prize will also fund improvements at the Raikes School. Read more about this contest and win. video

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Scholarships recognizing leadership

Raikes School students earn a scholarship that covers housing in the state-of-the-art Kauffman Center and a full meal plan for up to four years, as well as admission to the University Honors Program**, which may include a textbook scholarship. More on these and other scholarships here.