Kellogg is thrilled to announce that five students have been named 2017 Siebel Scholars.
Jonathan Goldstein, Bo Gustafsson, Jackie Laine, Iris Tian and Austin Vanaria will each receive a $35,000 award for their final year of graduate studies.
The awards recognize top students from the world’s most prestigious business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science graduate programs, and scholars are chosen based on outstanding academic performance and leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5 percent of their class, many within the top 1 percent.
The five Kellogg students inducted into the Class of 2017 Siebel Scholars demonstrate this academic rigor, as well as a commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact.
At Kellogg we recognize applying to business school is a time and labor-intensive process requiring a lot of care and consideration, as well as hours of test prep, interviewing and essay writing. We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week we are offering a few suggestions on how you can help us best understand who you are and why you want Kellogg to become a part of your future.
TODAY’S TOPIC: TEST SCORES
Kellogg accepts both the GMAT and GRE, and if you are worried about your score, know that multiple attempts are not discouraged. Taking the tests several times demonstrates your commitment to submitting the best possible application. We like to see people work hard for a goal and achieve it.
Applicants have asked in the past whether we favor one test versus the other. The answer is no. Ultimately what we are looking for is a balanced score set. We place just as much weight on the GRE as the GMAT. We want you to take whichever test is best for you.
The one exception to that is for our JD-MBA applicants. If you are applying to our dual-degree program with the Northwestern School of Law, you are required to take the GMAT. Continue Reading
When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to formulate the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you.
TODAY’S TOPIC: INTELLECTUAL ABILITY
Our goal is to be sure you can handle the rigor in the Kellogg classroom. Your undergraduate GPA, course selection and GMAT score help us assess your readiness. But we’re also invested in finding creative thinkers who can solve problems. Qualitative evidence of intellectual ability is going to come out in your essays, your interview and your recommendations. We truly take a holistic look at our applicants rather than only relying on a number.
Hard numbers like GPA and GMAT scores may seem like make-or-break factors, but one great test score doesn’t tell us nearly as much as seeing that you’ve taken challenging classes or broadened your knowledge base. And because each applicant is an individual, we recognize that someone with a liberal arts background may have different results than someone from an engineering background, but both could be competitive candidates. Continue Reading
Last month, the MMM Innovation Council visited campus for its annual meeting, giving us the unique chance to connect with council members and gain their perspectives on how innovation is shaping today’s business world.
The MMM Innovation Council is a group of business innovation leaders, many of whom are alumni of Kellogg’s MMM Program. The council meets annually to provide feedback to the program and to encourage positive interactions between the design innovation industry and academia. Council members are also closely involved in providing career guidance for MMM students and raising support for the program through means such as Integration Project sponsorships.
During the council’s visit, MMM students had the opportunity to attend a small-group dinner and panel discussion to ask questions about all things innovation.
By Vandana Sathpathy
As I hunched over my bathroom sink for the umpteenth time recently, I wondered why it was acceptable for most adults to bend over to about half our height multiple times a day. “Adjustable sinks – Why aren’t they a thing yet?” I thought to myself. I then went online to dig deeper and research the same question.
This is the effect internalizing design thinking has had on me. I no longer accept the status quo because it exists; I question how a product might be if I could design it on a blank canvas in a new, unbiased way that satisfies user needs.
By Kristen Zhou
Coming from a background in finance and engineering, I often solve business problems and improve operational performance using hypothesis-based analytical thinking and data analysis.
When I was exposed to the design thinking approach for the first time as a MMM student, it struck me how many transformative design innovations have been created with this approach. Last quarter, I had a great opportunity to learn and practice design thinking in a real-life application by participating in the Kellogg Business Design Challenge (KBDC), an annual competition hosted by the IDEA club.
This year’s challenge was to leverage technology trends in consumer healthcare to revolutionize the way patients engage with their healthcare providers.
This is part of an ongoing series highlighting MMM summer internship experiences.
Name: Alyssa Lorenz
Industry: Medical Devices
Company: Johnson & Johnson
Function: New Product Development / Global Strategic Marketing
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
I have always been passionate about health and wellness, and I’ve recently become interested in using design thinking to create patient-centered solutions that improve health outcomes and access to care.
As a result, I was super excited for the opportunity to work on a global new product development project at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices this summer. They’re developing a new product that’s primarily targeted at one cancer procedure, and my job was to understand how the current product could and could not meet needs I uncovered in a different cancer procedure.
I then worked with our R&D, Industrial Design, Global Business Insights and Surgical Innovation teams to ideate around design changes that would allow the product to better meet the needs for this procedure and develop a strategy and business case for these changes.