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College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors

Interdisciplinary Innovation Challenge

An undergraduate scholarly initiative sponsored by the
College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors.

The IIC challenges students to solve local and regional problems that have a global impact. Working in interdisciplinary teams during the course of the academic year, students will develop proposals to address a specific issue.

In the spring, students present their proposals to a panel of industry professionals and experts in the relevant disciplines. Members of the winning team will receive scholarship awards.

How to Apply

2017 Application will open during fall semester.

2016 Recap

Research Topic

Water Resource Management, Education, and Policy on the Palouse

Application Eligibility

Any student who receives advising in the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible to apply.

Team Guidelines

  • Each team will consist of 4 members.
  • Each team will include one member from each of the following academic areas:
    • Physical or biological sciences
    • Humanities or the Arts
    • Social Sciences
    • 4th member may be from any of the academic areas listed above, preferably from a different major
  • Participants may list up to three preferred team members in the application as long as the team makeup is consistent with the guidelines. These requests will be considered when team assignments are made by the IIC committee.

Scholarship Prizes

IIC teams compete for scholarships of up to $1,000 per person. Scholarship funds are deposited in the students’ WSU accounts.

Key Dates

Application deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2016

IIC Launch meeting: 10-11 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016

Proposal deadline: Saturday, March 12, 2016

IIC competition and award reception: Saturday, April 16, 2016