ITE - Innovative Technology and Education


Undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty requiring technology-related equipment and/or software for student-based instruction and/or research are invited to apply for an URSA Innovative Technology and Education (ITE) Award of up to $10,000. Funds for these awards come from a percentage of student fees.

Applicants are limited to two ITE awards every three years. This policy allows for a greater number of individuals to receive awards.



Award Schedule

ITE (Innovative Technology and Education) February 6, 2017 March 12, 2017 April 7, 2017

Scoring Criteria

Award selections by the URSA ITE Review Panel will be based on:

  • Written quality of the proposal and purpose of the equipment/software
  • Direct benefit to the educational experience of students (including the number of students benefiting from the equipment/software)
  • While the subject and results may contribute to an individual faculty member’s program of instruction, research or creative scholarship, the use of technology-related equipment/software must involve undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Implementation schedule (all  equipment/software will be the property of the awardee’s department; therefore, the overseeing department must be identified in the proposal)
  • Detailed list of equipment/software with specifications and costs (a copy of the cost estimate from the manufacturer/supplier must be provided)
  • Maintenance plan for the equipment/software
  • Funds must be spent no later than June 30, 2017




Evaluations are made by a minimum of four faculty members on the URSA ITE Review Panel. This group is comprised of  of faculty, graduate students, staff and undergraduate students representatives. They use the following criteria. All applicants receive comments regarding their applications.

Evaluation Criteria

The purpose of the proposed equipment/software is (evaluated on a scale of 1 high - 5 low):

  • to conduct or present a research/creative project
  • to compete in a scholarly activity
  • to participate in an internship/immersion
  • to attend a workshop or acquire training that will facilitate a project
  • not clearly expressed

Evaluated on a scale from 1 (exemplary) to 5 (insufficient):

  • The explanation of the intellectual merit of the proposed project (travel) is
  • The explanation of the proposed project's (travel's) contribution to a scholarly discipline is
  • The potential for the proposed project (travel) to effect student learning or scholarly development is
  • The written quality of the proposal is
  • The feasibility of the proposed project (travel) seems
  • The articulated goals and/or expected outcomes of the project (travel) seem
  • Through articulate writing and inclusion of details, the student's case for funding appears
  • The faculty mentor's role and/or participation in the project (travel) is
  • The project (travel) budget and justification seem
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