WHAT IS THE LAKER EFFECT CHALLENGE?
The Laker Effect Challenge builds on the idea of the collective impact of the Grand Valley community on our faculty, students, staff, West Michigan, our state and beyond, and emphasizes our passion for learning and using knowledge for positive change and public good.
The Laker Effect Challenge encourages, recognizes and rewards innovative projects led by GVSU faculty, students and staff engaged with the community. Submissions can be from individuals, or groups at GVSU working in collaboration with a community partner. Projects should be aimed at solving a real problem, and demonstrate leadership and advocacy aimed at shaping the future. Ideas can be at any stage of development or any form of scholarship. Five finalists are selected from all submissions to present their ideas to the public and a panel of judges, who will award up to $5000 in cash prizes to those projects deemed to potentially have the most positive impact.
Those submissions not selected to present have opportunity to share their project or project idea at the Laker Effect Challenge during a poster session. There will be $500 awarded to one poster through live public voting at the event.
WHY HAVE LAKER EFFECT CHALLENGE EVENTS?
The GVSU Laker Effect Challenge is intended to foster GVSU's creative and scholarly engagement in all its forms through publicity, recognition, and financial support. It’s about having an impact on the community in innovative ways! Adding to this is the opportunity to receive funding for a project that may have limited channels to that all important implementation capital.
The Laker Effect Challenge was intentionally scheduled to support faculty who are interested in leveraging the Challenge format for student high-impact-learning pedagogy.
(Psst... we're LIB 100/LIB 201 approved!)
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
All current GVSU faculty, students (graduate and undergraduate), and staff can participate in the Laker Effect Challenge.
And all are invited to the April 12, 2018 event--bring your friends, too!
HOW DO I SUBMIT?
GVSU faculty, students and staff can submit a one paragraph description of their project/ideas to the Laker Effect Challenge on-line application for public viewing. There is no restriction on the type of idea that can be submitted. Once entered, the Laker Effect Challenge allows the public to vote for ideas that they are most interested in seeing move forward. Each voter is allowed a total of 5 votes. Top vote getters are reviewed by the Laker Effect Challenge Committee and reviewed for a chance to become one of the five presenters at the Laker Effect Challenge event.
Those not presenting will have one week to indicate if they are participating in the poster session, which will include a live public vote. Top vote getter at the poster session will receive $500 in cash award.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT?
We are expecting that the projects will reflect multiple facets of our community, and therefore the Challenge does not prescribe a set format. However, the presentations will need to address the judging criteria:
- What is the problem you are trying to solve?
- How does this problem affect our community?
- How are you proposing to solve it?
- What is the requested funding, how will you spend it, and what impact will it have?
The selected presenters will be have 5 minutes to demonstrate why they should be awarded.
Posters should also address these same questions.
WHAT WILL BE THE AWARD AMOUNTS AND HOW MANY WINNERS WILL THERE BE?
From the five finalists presenting at the event, there is not a predetermined number of winners. There will be $5,000 in total award available per event, which will be allocated by the judges based on Laker Effect Challenge criteria. There could be one winner, or several.
WHEN IS IT?
There will be two Laker Effect Challenge events per academic year: two weeks prior to finals weeks in both Fall and Winter semesters.
Submissions start February 14, 2018 and end March 2, 2018. Voting opens on March 5, 2018 and closes on March 14, 2018. Those selected for presenting will be informed on March 16, 2018 by 5:00pm.
- The Winter Laker Effect Challenge will take place in the Eberhard Center Auditorium, April 12.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Presentations start at 6:00pm. After presentations there will be a socializing break before the event winners are announced!