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The Clinton Global Initiative University

CGI U 2017 U Network Seal

The CGI University Network is a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses.

Cornell student participants for the 2017 – 2018 academic year, who were selected during a competitive process conducted by CGI U, include the following 15 individuals who are working individually or in groups.  Their project commitments will be delivered in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal as well as in the US.

Project Commitment Focus Area:  Title

Public Health: Improving the Ghanaian patient experience

  • Sena Katako, Mathematics, 2019
  • Dennis Nyanyo, Biology, 2018
  • Samuel Opoku-Agyemang, Computer Science, 2019

Public Health: Early disease diagnosis at reduced scanning time using MRI

  •  Madhur Srivastava, Biomedical Engineering, PhD candidate 2019

Education: Summer Institute for Creative Arts, Nigeria

  •  Oluwakanyinsola Obayan, graduate student in African-American studies, 2019

Education: Youth Empowerment

  •  Deanna Deyhim, Engineering, 2018

Education: Maximus Academy, Senegal

  • Vivian Utti, Computer Science, 2019

Adannaya Amadi, Biology, 2018

Environment and Climate Change: Get Them to the Green; Vanderpoel Aquaponics

  • Dejah Powell, Environmental Science, 2018

Poverty Alleviation: Annabel’s Grocery

  • Yuchen Wang, Economics, 2017
  • Adam Shelepak, Public Policy , 2017

Education: Refugees for Education, Sweden

  • Sofia Olofsson, graduate student Public Policy, 2018

Public Health: For Her, By Her

  • Adora Nwankwo, graduate student Business Admin., 2018

Education: Never the Less, She Persisted: Girls in STEM Workshop Series

  • Qiuwei Yang, Engineering, 2018
  • Cynthia Lin, Biology, 2018

To join the CGI University Network, a university must provide a minimum of $10,000 in funding to CGI student commitment-makers from its campus.  Students and university representatives come together at the CGI U meeting to hear from experts in various fields, brainstorm ideas, share best practices, and form effective partnerships.  Students then return to their campuses and communities to turn their ideas into action, with the support of seed funding and mentorship from their universities.

To learn more about CGI University visit or contact the Entrepreneurship at Cornell liaison Debra Eichten at