The annual IDSA Student Merit Awards program (#IDSASMA) provides industrial design students with opportunities to showcase their talents and achievements. The program also allows universities and design schools with ID programs to gain acclaim and visibility. It also provides a platform for design managers and other talent acquisition professionals to meet and possibly even hire the next generation of design.
SMAs begin at the ID school level in January-February each year. Each school selects one winner from senior competitors. The school-level winners then advance in the spring to their respective IDSA District Design Conference (DDC), where they compete for the District title. Each District chooses one SMA winner, who is then recognized through a profile in INNOVATION magazine; on IDSA.org—as demonstrated below; and in August at the International Design Conference's IDSA Awards Ceremony and through displays of their work. At times, SMA winners also may be asked to speak at IDSA events the following year.
Questions? Contact Karen Foust, Senior Manager of Awards and Competitions, at email@example.com or 703.707.6000 x111. Faculty Advisors to IDSA Student Chapters, please click here for SMA Guidelines. Questions about the school-level competition may be directed to Jordan Fleger, Manager of Member and Chapter Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.707.6000 x127.