The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to participate in the 2021 HBCU Making & Innovation Showcase. The showcase is one of several activities under the newly awarded, Enhancing Making and Innovation Capacity for HBCU Students and Faculty Via an Inclusive Community of Practice grant. The 2021 HBCU Making and Innovation Showcase will take place on September 23-25, 2021 in Washington, DC.
The showcase is designed to provide an opportunity for students to showcase the talent and innovation at their institution. The AAAS HBCU Making & Innovation Showcase will consist of 1.5 days of professional development workshops on topics such as invention, intellectual property protection and communication. The event will culminate in the Showcase pitch competition where student teams will pitch their project prototype to a panel of judges. Prizes will include $1,200 for the 1st place team, $800 for the 2nd place team, and $400 for the 3rd place team.
To participate in the showcase teams consisting of a maximum of six (6) participants (3-5 students and 1 faculty member) must identify one (1) team member to complete the online application. That team member will complete the application on behalf of the team and will upload a power point presentation (template will be provided) describing the project. Details in the power point presentation should include who the team members are, which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals the project will address, what the social justice/environmental issue the project will address, how the project’s prototype will provide a solution to the problem, and who the audience is for the prototype.
Projects can be a new design, or one developed in previous academic years. The deadline for the application is 11:59pm EST, Friday, March 26th, 2021.
Teams will be notified of acceptance via email on Friday, April 2nd, 2021.
Accepted teams (team members and faculty member) will need to confirm their participation by Friday, April 9th, and each team member will need to register for the 2021 Showcase between Monday, April 12th – Friday, May 14th, 2021. Accepted teams (team members and faculty member) will receive a travel award that covers the housing, airfare, and ground transportation travel to Washington, D.C.
For complete information including eligibility requirements, and to apply for the showcase, visit the website .
If you have any questions, please contact Neela White, Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.