2016 IDSA Student Merit Awards - CLOSED

The 2016 IDSA Student Merit Award (SMA) competition ended on March 18, 2016. The information below is for information only. It describes the process for conducting the competition at both the local (School) and national (District) levels. This information is subject to change for the 2017 IDSA SMA competition, tentatively slated to launch in January 2017. For more information, please contact Allan Gordon, Director of Membership at allang@idsa.org or by phone at 703.707.6000 x112.

Faculty Advisors to IDSA Student Chapters welcomed the launch of the 2016 IDSA Student Merit Award (SMA) competition on Thursday, January 21. The SMAs will run through March 18! We are pleased to announce that the competition is once more sponsored by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

KEY DATES – Faculty Advisors to IDSA Student Chapters are advised of the following:

  • January 21, 2016 (Thu) – Begin the competition as soon as possible at your school's IDSA Student Chapter
  • March 18, 2016 (Fri) - Conclude the competition at your school
  • March 21, 2016 (Mon) – Submit the name and contact details of your school's winner via our online form at http://www.idsa.org/SchoolSMAwinner to ensure he/she can compete at the District Design Conference (DDC).

NEW: School SMA winners are guaranteed a rate of $125 to attend the DDC. This represents a discount off the early rate for student registrants, in recognition of the honor.

GET STARTED – To assist you, we have attached the following three (3) documents:

ELIGIBILITY – Faculty Advisors will be notified whether their student chapter is out of compliance and informed about the steps needed to correct. For your information, here are the requirements:

  • An industrial design or related degree program, undergraduate and/or graduate, at the school
  • Minimum of five ( 5) IDSA student members at the student chapter
  • Chapter Officers (Pres., Vice Pres., Sec./Treas. and others, as needed) who are IDSA student members
  • Faculty Advisor who is an IDSA professional member and on the ID faculty at the school

SUPPORT – Faculty Advisors are strongly encouraged to connect with any of the following to support you and help resolve any issues that come up along the way:

  • Headquarter Staff – coordinate start/close of process from National, support competition at DDC
    • Jordan Fleger – Member Relations Coordinator (jordanf@idsa.org, 703.707.6000 x127)
    • Allan Gordon – Director of Membership (allang@idsa.org, 703/707.6000 x112)
  • District Education Representative – organizes/conducts DDC competition, SCOOPs, etc.
  • Professional Chapter Officers –identify practitioners for school competition jurying (see above - GETTING STARTED #3)
  • Education Vice President – heads Education Council providing strategic leadership for SMAs
  • District Vice President – organizes/conducts DDC where district level competition is held
  • Faculty Advisors – your peers can share the benefit of their experiences (see above - GETTING STARTED #2)

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Also, please confirm for us that your school plans to participate in this prestigious program that offers your students an invaluable opportunity to showcase their talents and start a pathway of recognition for their unique abilities and competitive edge.