Global Innovation and Design Award

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The Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (IIGE) promotes a globally engaged university through funded directed research and experiential learning opportunities. With its dynamic network of campus and community partners, the IIGE supports UW Tacoma’s Global Innovation and Design (GID) Lab, a foundational program that uses design thinking principles to develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges at local and global scales. The GID Award supports student participation in community design thinking projects undertaken by the GID Lab. 

The GID Award is intended to:

  • Promote inclusive innovation
  • Enhance undergraduate research and design thinking skills
  • Produce human-centered solutions for local and global challenges

Award Criteria

Award Amount: 
$500 (disbursed during Week 4 of the quarter for which the funds are awarded)

University of Washington Tacoma full-time undergraduate students who are of junior or senior standing. Familiarity with human-centered design/design thinking is useful, but not required (training sessions are available to awardees).

Award Conditions:
1. Participate in 1-3 design thinking projects undertaken by the GID Lab, assisting with all aspects of the project
2. Enroll in 2 credits of TGH 495B OR 2 credits of Independent Study and/or Directed Research in their major, which will entail a total of 10-15 hours per week on the project
3. Report to the GID Lab Program Administrator or Administrative Specialist who will serve as a site supervisor, and to the GID Lab Associate Vice Chancellor (or designee) who will serve as faculty adviser
4. Submit weekly logs as well as a final report and/or slide deck on the projects undertaken
5. Present their design thinking experience and the results of their project(s) at the Annual Global Engagement Conference

Application Details

To apply for the Innovation and Design Award, please submit a resume and statement of interest that addresses the following questions (each question to be 250 words max.):

  1. What is your experience with design thinking? If you have no direct experience with design thinking, what is your motivation in applying for the GID Award? 
  2. Why do you want to work on design thinking projects undertaken by the GID Lab
  3. Describe a difficult work situation (or school project) and how you over came it. 
  4. Describe a time in which you had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. What was the impact of the change on you? On your work or project? 

More information on applying for the GID Award can be found in the Global Innovation and Design Award Application Guidelines.


Review Process: 
Applications will be reviewed as received and decisions made up to two weeks before the start of each quarter.