Zipperman Scholars Program


Established in spring 2008, the Zipperman Scholars Program is a competitive extracurricular program designed to give first year and sophomore pre-business majors additional exposure to MIS and job opportunities in the field.

  • A $100 stipend for the first three semesters of active participation
  • Participation in real-world IT experiences
  • Special gatherings with MIS faculty and distinguished Eller guests
  • Opportunities to shadow executives and IT professionals 
  • Networking with business professionals, faculty, and students
  • Opportunities for MIS-related internships
  • Opportunities to participate in IT training programs
  • A stronger professional resume
  • Assistance for the admission process to the Eller College Professional Program
  • Ability to apply for the Advanced Zipperman Scholars (AZA) Program to prepare for a career in consultancy
  • As a ZipS, you can apply for a double major upon admission to the Professional Program as long as one of the majors is MIS. ZipS are the only students in Eller who have the opportunity to declare a double major when you apply for advanced standing in the Eller College of Management.

The Zipperman Program is generously supported by Walt Zipperman, president of DAZ Systems (now part of Accenture). DAZ Systems specializes in Oracle E-Business Suite and leverages industry experience to provide mission-critical business solutions to small and medium sized enterprises. With over 350 successful implementations, DAZ is the largest Oracle Partner in the Western US and provides a variety of proven methodologies and a staff of experienced Oracle professionals for its customer implementations.

"I am honored to be able to provide this exciting opportunity for outstanding Eller freshmen and sophomores to explore the growing field of MIS and the many significant and challenging IT job opportunities available in business today."

— Walt Zipperman

All new Zipperman Scholars (ZipS) MUST attend a "What is MIS" presentation in their first semester of participation. This event is offered at least twice each semester.

All ZipS are required to participate in at least 5 qualifying events each semester to maintain their active status in the program as well as submit a 750-word minimum reflection paper about their experiences in the ZipS program.  The reflection is to be completed and uploaded on D2L by Friday, November 19. Leaving an event halfway through the presentation will not count towards the 5 minimum qualifying events. Out of respect for the presenters and staff who organize the events, it is important that you follow through with your commitments. We understand emergency and personal matters occur and ask that you contact us within an appropriate time so we can adjust.   


How to RSVP

Zipperman Scholars RSVP/register for events through eSMS. Here’s how:

  1.  Use your NetID to log in:
  2.  Select “New RSVP” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3.  For “What type of appointment are you seeking?” choose “Workshop”, then search.
  4.  Choose events from the list.

Through the eSMS system you can view and manage your event registrations throughout the semester. Set your notification preferences in eSMS to receive text or email reminders. If you need to cancel a registration, make sure to do so at least 24 hours in advance if possible.

The No-Show Policy

A no-show is a student who RSVPs for an event but doesn't show up. ZipS who have 2 no-shows will lose their $100 stipend, with the possibility of being removed from the program. To prevent being penalized for no-shows, always cancel an event registration at least 24 hours in advance.

How to Cancel

If you have registered for an event and then find that you are unable to attend, you must cancel your registration in order to avoid being counted as a no-show for the event. 

  • If you are cancelling at least one day before the event, log in to eSMS to manage your registration.
  • In case of emergency that requires a same-day cancellation, email Brandon Marshall.

As a Zipperman Scholar, you can apply for a double major upon admission to the Professional Program as long as one of the majors is MIS. ZipS are the only students in Eller who have the opportunity to double major from the time of acceptance. If you are applying this semester, contact Brandon Marshall so he can give your name to the Undergraduate Programs office.

All Zipperman Scholars are eligible to participate in MIS 295A. This course will give you 2 credits and is graded on a pass/fail system. In order to pass this course and receive the 2 credits, you must attend 8 Zipperman events and write a 750 word reflection paper.  If you are interested in this course, please fill out the Change of Schedule Form and email Brandon Marshall to schedule a time for him to sign it. Please refer to the Dates and Deadlines calendar to make sure you submit the Change of Schedule Form on time. If you have questions about this process, please email Brandon Marshall.

Fall 2021 Events


Date & Time


ZipS Welcome Dinner Meeting

Friday, September 17
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Returning ZipS Arrive at 6:00 p.m.

Estes Atrium and Classroom 208A

Mock Interviews (RSVP required; no event credit)

Wednesday, September 22
5:30-6:30 p.m.

McClelland Hall, Room 430E

What is MIS? (only credit for New ZipS): Dr. Laura Brandimarte

Thursday, September 23
6:00-7:30 p.m.


Visualization Activity

Thursday, September 30
6:00-7:30 p.m.

McClelland Hall, Room 218J

Social Event



Meet the MIS Faculty: Sudha Ram

Wednesday, October 6
6:00-7:30 p.m.

McClelland Hall, Room 208A

Eller MIS Speaker's Series: Jason L. Pacheco Friday, October 8
1:00-2:00 p.m.
McClelland Hall, Room 130

Family Weekend Brunch

Saturday, October 9
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Estes Atrium and Classroom 208A

What is MIS? (only credit for New ZipS): Dr. Laura Brandimarte Wednesday, October 13
6:00-7:30 p.m.
McClelland Hall, Room 208A

Movie Night

Jay Nunamaker


Closing Event Thursday, November 18 TBD

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Additional events that count for Zipperman attendance credit

MIS Speaker Series


Interested in finding out more about this program? Email Brandon Marshall, director of the Zipperman Scholars program, at