Technology Innovation Student Awards

Applications for the 2017 Award are due March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.


This program recognizes exemplary student use of innovative technology associated with their academic studies. The award is designed to recognize essential uses of the mobile devices or other technologies in the academic environment. Up to two awards of $750 are made annually.


The items listed below are intended to give applicants a guideline for putting together a strong application.

  • Innovative/creative application or use of technology within your field
  • Technological sophistication in the context of your discipline
  • Service to the university and/or surrounding community
  • Significance or impact of this project
  • Integration across disciplines
  • Preference is given to completed work or work where a significant portion has been completed
  • If this project is completed with assistance from an NMU faculty or staff member, clearly differentiate between the student’s and faculty/staff member’s contributions
  • If multiple entries are submitted from the same project, clearly differentiate each individual’s work contributions

Application Instructions and Deadline

This award program is open to all currently enrolled NMU students (undergraduate and/or graduate) or teams of students. Submit application materials via email to the Office of Graduate Education and Research ( by March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The application form should be the first attachment.  The rest of the required materials listed below should also be attachments preferably in the order provided below. Applications that have financial support for the intended project are welcome to apply, but preference may be given to other projects.

The application must include:

1. A completed Student Technology Innovation Award Application Form. This is an Adobe Acrobat Form – you can complete the form within Adobe Acrobat Reader, and submit the PDF document. NOTE: If your responses do not fit into the fields provided, use page 3 for additional information.

2.  Letter of Support from one NMU faculty or staff member. Contents may include, but not limited to, 1) the difference or uniqueness of the mobile devices uses from ordinary academic work in the department, and 2) student’s academic improvement by using the mobile device.  Note to writers of the Letters of Support: These are not recommendations of the students, they are letters certifying the innovations being presented by the students.  Please focus your comments on why the project was innovative and clarify for people outside your field the novelty of the project. When determining previous award winners, it has sometimes been challenging for the committee to determine if a project was innovative or standard practice within the field.

3. Sample products/supporting materials (documents, drawings, applications, etc.).  Please keep in mind that mail servers typically limit the size of attachments to 8 megabytes.  For larger files, applicants should arrange for materials to be available on a website.  Information about accessing web space is available through the NMU HelpDesk. Any supporting materials posted through a website must be complete and available for download when the application is submitted.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of the receipt of your application materials.  If you do not receive such a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours of the deadline for submission, please inquire to ensure your materials were received.

Evaluation Procedure

ETRPC will review applications and submit a list of winners to the Office of Graduate Education and Research in late March or early April. Students will be notified upon approval. Awards to student winners will be presented publicly at the Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 9 a.m.


The essays and outputs from the winners can be used by the University for information and promotion purposes. Winners may be required to present their works to an audience and/or the NMU Board of Trustees.

Questions should be directed to the chair of the Educational Technology Resources and Policy Committee (ETRPC) Tom Isaacson, or 906-227-1655.