Frequently Asked Questions

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What is E-Lead? 

E-Lead is a three-year, curricular innovation leadership development program designed to prepare undergraduate students at Marquette to be leaders in today's changing world. Students earn academic credit for their participation in the E-Lead program. 

Why participate in E-Lead? 

Participation in E-Lead provides students with opportunities to: 

  • Develop their leadership skills. 
  • Build their professional network. 
  • Gain practical leadership experience by shadowing industry leaders and making meaning of co-op, internship, research and / or service experiences through the lens of various leadership frameworks. 
  • Be part of a community of students committed to personal growth, leadership development and making a difference in their personal and professional lives.

What is the time commitment to participate in E-Lead? 

Please visit the apply page for information outlining the requirements (curricular and otherwise) for E-Lead participants. In addition to regular course meetings, students participate in workshops, attend guest lectures and engage with industry leaders. All opportunities are communicated well in advance to allow students to plan accordingly. 

How do I know if I'm eligible to apply to E-Lead? 

  • Enrollment as a second-year, full-time student at Marquette

*Transfer students must have three years remaining on campus

*AP credit does not count towards second-year standing

  • Minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0 at time of application and maintained throughout the program
  • Good disciplinary standing with the university at time of application and maintained throughout the program

How do I know if E-Lead is a good fit for me? 

In E-Lead, we’re not talking about how to embrace best practices. We’re talking about how you can think and act in different ways that create value by addressing important problems. We’re talking about becoming the tipping point that might just change the world and in the process, change you.

We care about what you have done and about who you want to become. Is your resume stacked with leadership roles and experiences? If yes, great. We believe leadership is a lifelong journey and there’s always room for growth. If no, great. We believe everyone has the capacity to lead and you have a lot of runway ahead of you.

Your resume is your “what.” We want to know your “why.” 

If you're eager to participate in a program that will challenge you to move outside your comfort zone so that you can be the next great innovation leader that our world needs, we encourage you to apply

Is there a cost to participate in E-Lead? 

Thanks to many very generous foundations and individuals who believe in developing young people's capacity to innovate and to lead, there is no additional cost to full-time undergraduate students to participate in E-Lead, other than paying for a few textbooks for courses in the program. E-Lead pays for students to participate in a variety of experiences beyond the classroom, including a week-long leadership development retreat, workshop fees and materials, travel to shadow industry leaders and several leadership behavioral assessments. We are deeply thankful to all who have contributed their financial support, time, talents and efforts to our students.

How do I apply for E-Lead?

Please visit the apply page for the official application.  

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact: 

Kate Trevey,  Director  of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development

Andrea Gorman,  Associate Director  of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development

Ben Correia-Harker, Ph.D.,  Associate Director  of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development