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
GID Award Criteria
$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).
Participate in 1-3 design thinking projects undertaken by the GID Lab, assisting with all aspects of the projectEnroll 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
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
Submit weekly logs as well as a final report and/or slide deck on the projects undertaken
Present their design thinking experience and the results of their project(s) at the Annual Global Engagement Conference