Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge
Environmental education, scholarship and engagement have defined Tufts
University for more than a quarter of a century. In 1990, Tufts was the
driving force in establishing the Talloires Declaration, an action
plan for incorporating sustainability in higher education. Tufts
continues to be a leader in fostering sustainability in its broadest
terms through the Tufts Institute of the Environment and several
university-wide initiatives including the partnership with the
Stockholm Environment Institute, the construction of Sophia Gordon
Hall, the establishment of the Office of Sustainability, and the
recent NSF IGERT Water and Diplomacy Grant.
Tufts leadership in sustainability has been recognized by The Dow
Chemical Company by selection of Tufts as one of only seven strategic global
universities (Cambridge University, King Abdullah University of
Science and Technology, Northwestern University, Peking University,
Tufts University, University of Michigan, and University of Sao Paolo), invited
to compete in a yearly Dow Sustainability Innovation Student
Challenge. Now in its fourth year, this competition is an important
component of Dow's
commitment to sustainability.
Three Tufts graduate students or graduate student teams will be
recognized as winners for innovations that target broad global
sustainability challenges. All degree matriculated
post-baccalaureate Tufts students (Masters, Ph.D., or Professional
Doctorate) are eligible. A grand prize winner will receive a $10,000
prize and two runner-ups will receive a $2,500 award each. These
awards are to be used at the student or student team’s discretion,
without regard to their financial aid status.
There are few restrictions on the topics of the submissions. The application
can describe an innovative concept, device, product, process, or system. Academic
or non-academic work can be the basis of the application. However, the work
must be currently underway or have been completed during the applicant's tenure
Applicants should address explicitly the extent to which their innovation:
- innovative thinking and excellence in research,
- potential for solving significant problems,
- interdisciplinary nature of the work,
- alignment with the spirit of Dow's 2015 Sustainability Goals, and
- due primarily to intellectual creativity of the applicants, rather than advisors or non-applicant collaborators.
Applicants are also encouraged to discuss how their projects relate to the
Dow 2015 Sustainability Goals. In addition, the selection committee will evaluate
adherence to the deadlines and stated content/format specifications. Please note
that the application is not a grant application; budget
justifications or requests should not be included.
Each student or student team must submit an application addressing the selection
criteria. The application should begin with a completed
sheet. The narrative with any appropriate figures or tables should not
exceed 4 pages (1" margins, 12 point Times New Roman font). Applicants should
also append a bibliography (one-page maximum) and curriculum vitae (one-page maximum).
In the case of ongoing academic work, applicants should also include a written
statement from their mentor(s) documenting that the innovation is primarily the
work of the applicant(s). The application must be submitted electronic
documents by April 16, 2012 to Emily Schipper.
Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee consisting of:
- Dr. Antje Danielson – Administrative Director,
Tufts Institute of Environment
- Dr. Timothy Griffin – Associate Professor,
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
- Dr. Sandy Yulke – Associate Director,
Corporate & Foundation Relations
- Dr. Matthew Panzer – Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering,
- Dr. Janet Forrester – Associate Professor,
Nutrition/Infection Unit, Tufts School of Medicine
- Dr. Kent Portney – Professor,
Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences
- Dr. George Saperstein – Professor,
Department of Environmental and Population Health,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
A subset of applicants will be selected as finalists. Finalists
will be asked to prepare and deliver a 10 minute oral presentation
followed by 10 minutes of questions on their innovation. The winner,
runners-up and honorable mentions will be selected from this group.
The grand prize recipient will be required to commit to attend the
Tufts award dinner in May 2012 and are also expected to attend the
Fall 2013 Dow general awards ceremony which will take place at a Dow
site in Michigan.
For technical questions, contact:
For questions related to application submittal, contact:
Emily Schipper, Office of the
Provost or call 617-627-3317.