Undergraduate Student Merit Awards - 2020 Program Details

 

 

Overview

 

Each year, IDSA recognizes exceptional student design talent through our Undergraduate Student Merit Awards program. The competition highlights the very best creativity, problem solving and design brilliance across each of IDSA’s five Design Districts. One IDSA student member winner is selected from each district for this prestigious distinction. A total of 5 winners are selected per year.

SMA judging 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. 

Eligibility

 

The Undergraduate SMA program is free to enter and open to seniors who are members of their school’s IDSA Student Chapter. Eligible students should have 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 2020.  

Download complete SMA Rules & Regulations or see below.

 


 

Guidelines

 

Round 1 – School Finalist Selection

 

  • Round 1 begins January 1, 2020, and concludes on March 9, 2020.
  • In this round, schools select the top talent from among senior IDSA Student Chapter members to determine who is named the school’s SMA Finalist.
  • 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 2020.
  • 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 March 1, 2020 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 – District Winner Selection

 

  • Round 2 entry begins March 9, 2020 and concludes on April 6, 2020.
  • 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.
  • 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 pursue 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 6, 2020.
  • 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, 2020.


 

Recognition

Each SMA Finalist receives the following:

  • A profile in INNOVATION magazine’s Education Review (Winter) 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 complimentary registration to attend and deliver the winning presentation on stage at the 2020 International Design Conference (travel is not provided).
  • A commemorative trophy presented by IDSA Education Director at the 2020 International Design Conference.
  • A complimentary 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.