2019 IDSA Student Merit Awards

Eligibility and Program Guidelines

Mar 11 2019 - 12:16pm

 

Each year, IDSA recognizes exceptional student design talent through our Student Merit Awards program. The competition highlights the very best creativity, problem solving and design brilliance across each of IDSA’s five Design Districts. Two IDSA student member winners are selected from each district for this prestigious distinction. One at the Graduate level and one at the Undergraduate level. 

Being selected as a SMA Finalist, a SMA District Winner or a GSMA District Winner is indeed a high honor for graduating students who aspire to enter the profession of industrial design with an edge on their competition. Many of the past winners have gone on to great success and stand as a testament to their peers on the opportunity and advantage that IDSA's SMA program offers. Student Merit Award winners benefit from massive media exposure through IDSA’s extensive reach and high-level industry recognition.

Undergraduate SMA Program: The Undergraduate SMA program is free to enter and open to seniors who are members of their school’s IDSA Student Chapter. It consists of two rounds. Round 1 is conducted by the schools and determines a single Student Finalist for that school. Only these Student Finalists participate in Round 2. Round 2 is conducted entirely online by IDSA and determines the 5 SMA District Winners. DOWNLOAD PDF OF COMPLETE SMA RULES & REGLATIONS HERE

Graduate SMA Program: The Graduate SMA program is free to enter and open to graduate students who are members of their school’s IDSA Student Chapter. It consists of a single round conducted entirely online by IDSA and determines the 5 GSMA District Winners. There are no school-based GSMA Finalists. DOWNLOAD PDF OF COMPLETE GSMA RULES & REGLATIONS HERE

 

 

2019 Undergraduate Student Merit Award Guidelines

Round 1 – IDSA Student Merit Award Finalist Selection

  • Schools select the top talent from among senior IDSA Student Chapter members to determine who is named the school’s SMA Finalist.
  • Round 1 entry begins January 1, 2019, and concludes on February 28, 2019.
  • Only senior student members of current IDSA Student Chapters* may participate. Students who are not IDSA members may participate in their school’s competition, however they must become an IDSA student member to be eligible to compete in Round 2 of the competition. * A valid Student Chapter has at least five IDSA student members whose faculty advisor to the chapter is a member of the industrial design faculty and an IDSA professional member.
  • The faculty advisor selects the candidates who meet the current criteria for grade point average, class standing, etc.; including at least a "B" grade average in all course work since entering the design curriculum. The candidates must be seniors projected to graduate by the end of the fall semester or last quarter of 2019.
  • The faculty advisor assembles a jury of three (3) professional IDSA members from the surrounding community. These individuals should not be full or part-time faculty at the school. These individuals should represent a diverse cross-section of industrial design and have demonstrated proficiency in their practice.
  • On a set date (as determined by the school but before the end of Round 1), candidates will present their work in front of the jury of professionals, their student peers and other attendees from the local IDSA community. Presentations should meet the following: 
  • Limited to 8 minutes in length start to finish
  • Be delivered ‘live’ in order to demonstrate verbal presentation aptitude 
  • Should include images, graphics, video, etc. that detail project work in a professional and comprehensive way
  • Video recording all student candidate presentations is highly encouraged so this video may be included as part of the SMA Finalist submission.
  • Jurors must use the evaluation form provided by IDSA to rate students in the areas of: scope of work, quality of work, quality of thought, visual presentation and verbal presentation. DOWNLOAD PDF EVALUATION FORM
  • The scores will determine the top candidate in that school. If the scores result in a tie, a discussion among jurors present will be conducted in order to choose that school’s SMA Finalist.
  • One student from each school is chosen as an SMA Finalist.
  • On or before February 28, 2019 the faculty advisor will notify IDSA of the Student Chapter’s Undergraduate SMA Finalist by sending his or her name and contact information to Erin Fiorelli (erinf@idsa.org).

Round 2 – IDSA Student Merit Award District Winner Selection

  • Each IDSA District Education Council Representative will assemble a jury of 3 IDSA members to include: 2 practitioners (one corporate, one consultant) and 1 educator from the District. NOTE: A District Education Council Representative can serve as a juror. This jury will review all submitted work from each SMA Finalist of a different District and selects a SMA District Winner.
  • Round 2 entry begins March 1, 2019 and concludes on April 1, 2019.
  • SMA Finalists will use IDSA’s online awards platform to complete their submission for review. Submissions will be comprised of:
    • Project portfolio detailing up to three (3) projects. These can be individual or group projects (note: please indicate and provide acknowledgement to other designers if showing a group project). PDF format, not to exceed 15 pages in length. Your portfolio should address and display competency in the following areas: 
      • Your problem statement and design solution
      • Your research/design approach
      • How your work is forward thinking and unique
      • How your work can be implemented in practice/academia
      • How your work contributes to advancing the design profession
    • Three (3) individual images that best represent the projects in your portfolio, one image per project
    • A four (4) minute video statement verbally addressing the following prompts:
      • Why did you choose to purse the profession of industrial design?
      • What is your design philosophy/approach?
      • What are your career goals for the future?
      • How will you use design to change the world?
      • What is the future of the industrial design profession?
    • Video recording of your Round 1 school presentation (optional)
  • All Round 2 submissions need to be completed by April 1, 2019.
  • Jurors will use the evaluation form incorporated into IDSA online awards platform to rate students in the areas of: scope of work, quality of work, quality of thought, visual presentation and verbal presentation.
  • The scores will determine the top candidate in each District. If the scores result in a tie, phone/video conference call discussion among District jurors will be conducted in order to choose the SMA District Winner.
  • One student from District is chosen as an SMA District Winner.
  • Winners will be notified on or approximately May 1, 2019.

 

SMA Finalist and Winner Recognition

Each SMA Finalist receives the following:

  • A one-page profile in INNOVATION magazine’s Education Review issue.
  • Recognition on IDSA.org with other SMA Finalists.
  • A commemorative certificate sent out at the conclusion of the competition.

Each SMA Winner receives the following:

  • A complementary 1-year Young Professional membership to IDSA upon graduation.
  • A two-page profile in INNOVATION magazine’s Education Review issue.
  • Recognition on IDSA.org with other SMA District Winners.
  • A complementary registration to attend and deliver the winning presentation on stage at the International Design Conference.
  • A commemorative trophy presented by IDSA Education Director at the International Design Conference.
  • A complementary 1-year Premium Profile placement for their school on IDSA’s ID Schools directory.
  • Invitation to participate as a judge in the following year’s competition.

 

2019 Graduate Student Merit Award Guidelines

Round 1 – IDSA Graduate Student Merit Award District Winner Selection

  • Each IDSA Education Director will assemble a jury of 11 IDSA members to include: his/herself, 5 practitioners and 5 educators representing all Districts. The jury will review all submitted work from each GSMA candidate and selects a GSMA winner from each of IDSA’s 5 Districts.
  • Open entry begins March 1, 2019 and concludes on April 1, 2019.
  • Graduate student members of current IDSA Student Chapters* may participate. Students who are not IDSA members must join as an IDSA student member in order to participate. *A valid Student Chapter has at least five IDSA student members whose faculty advisor to the chapter is a member of the industrial design faculty and an IDSA member.
  • GSMA candidates will use IDSA’s online awards platform to complete their submission for review. Submissions will be comprised of:
    • Project portfolio detailing up to three (3) projects. These can be individual or group projects (note: please indicate and provide acknowledgement to other designers if showing a group project). PDF format, not to exceed 15 pages in length. Your portfolio should address and display competency in the following areas: 
      • Your problem statement and design solution
      • Your research/design approach
      • How your work is forward thinking and unique
      • How your work can be implemented in practice/academia
      • How your work contributes to advancing the design profession
  • Three (3) individual images that best represent the projects in your portfolio, one image per project
  • A three (3) minute video statement verbally addressing the following prompts:
    • Why did you choose to purse the profession of industrial design?
    • What is your design philosophy/approach?
  • Written responses to the following questions:
    • How will you use design to change the world?
    • What are your career goals for the future?
    • What is the future of the industrial design profession?
  • All submissions need to be completed by April 1, 2019.
  • Jurors must use the evaluation form incorporated into IDSA online awards platform to rate students in the areas of: scope of work, quality of work, quality of thought, visual presentation and verbal presentation.
  • The scores will determine the top candidate in each District. If the scores result in a tie, phone/video conference call discussion among District jurors will be conducted in order to choose the GSMA District Winner.
  • One student from each District is chosen as an GSMA District Winner.
  • Winners will be notified on or approximately May 1, 2019.

 

GSMA Winner Recognition

Each GSMA Winner receives the following:

  • A complementary 1-year Young Professional membership to IDSA upon graduation.
  • A two-page profile in INNOVATION magazine’s Education Review issue.
  • Recognition on IDSA.org with other GSMA Winners.
  • A complementary registration to attend the International Design Conference.
  • A commemorative trophy presented by IDSA Education Director at the International Design Conference.
  • A complementary 1-year Premium Profile placement for their school on IDSA’s ID Schools directory.