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Inspiration Award

Nominations for the 2016 Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award are due by 5:00pm, Friday, Feburary 12, 2016.

Nominated students must submit their final project for judging by 5 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2016. Projects may be submitted via email to Emma.Carnes@unt.edu (please include "2016 Inspiration Award final project" in the subject line).

Projects submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Once all projects are evaluated, semi-finalists will be notified no later than Friday, March 4, 2016. Please see the timeline below for more details.

For more information about submitting projects or about the judging process, please contact Nancy J. Hong, Executive Director at Nancy.Hong@unt.edu or 940-369-5203 or 214.707.1659.

About the Awards

UNT has always attracted talented and enterprising students. The Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards seek to reward students who exhibit extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and who have a marked capacity for self-direction.

The Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards are intended to encourage students of outstanding talent to pursue their creative, intellectual and professional inclinations. Award recipients may be aspiring writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers or entrepreneurs. Students studying in any discipline may be considered. Any original project, application, invention, musical or literary composition or artwork (any media) may be nominated for consideration. The Inspiration Awards are intended to help students advance their expertise and engage in bold new work.

The Sherman/ Barsanti Inspiration Awards seek to reward students who exhibit extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and who have a marked capacity for self-direction. The awards are made possible thanks to $350,000 in support from Bob and Bette Sherman.

Any current UNT faculty or staff member may nominate a student for a Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award. Students must be nominated. Self-nominations will not be considered.

Prizes

First prize
$10,000

Second prize
$3,000

Third prize
$1,000

Eligibility

All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full time and earning a UNT cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible.

All eligible nominees will be informed of their nomination by email. The selection committee will identify five finalists for the Inspiration Awards. Finalists will be notified by email regarding their selection. If a finalist's notification is returned as undeliverable, the finalist will be disqualified and an alternate finalist will be selected.

The finalists must be available to appear in person for the 2016 Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards final presentations (date and time still to be announced).

Nomination Process

Any current UNT faculty or staff member may nominate a student for a Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award. Students must be nominated. Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. January 31, 2016.

After a nomination has been submitted, the student/nominee will be sent a confirmation e-mail with a URL at which they can submit their projects for judging. Student submissions are due by 5 p.m. February 26, 2016.

Nominations must include:

  • A full and complete nomination form
  • An essay not to exceed 1,000 words that clearly states why the student's work is inspiring
  • An example of the student's work being nominated for consideration

Students' work may be submitted by email to Emma.Carnes@unt.edu.

Things to note:

  • Only one nomination per student may be submitted.
  • Entries, including supporting materials, will become the property of the university and will not be returned. The university assumes no responsibility for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, mutilated, damaged or misdirected entries.

Selection Criteria

Any original creative and/or unique project, application, invention, musical or literary composition, art or media work is eligible. Judges will determine the finalists and winners according to the following criteria:

Quality

The nominated work demonstrates excellence, showcases ingenuity and reveals the nominee's creativity, passion and unique perspective.

Intrinsic Value and Community Benefit

The nominated work demonstrates meaningful and useful benefits to the community; elicits positive emotions; motivates further actions and inspires community partnership.

Originality

The nominated work demonstrates a new and unique concept; showcases a new technique; pioneers an innovative approach to problem solving; or improves an existing process or environment in an unprecedented way.

Contemporary Relevance

The nominated work demonstrates a visionary or futuristic perspective; addresses the future needs of the community; or speaks to contemporary social issues.

**Finalists will also be evaluated on the clarity with which they are able to articulate the creativity displayed in their work and showcase the value of their work to the judges.

Timeline for the 2016 Sherman/Barsanti Award Selection Process

  • February 12, 2016--Awards Nomination Deadline
  • February 19, 2016--Eligible Nominees Notified
  • February 26, 2016--Student Nominees Submit Final Project via Website, Dropbox, etc.
  • March 4, 2016--Student Finalists Notified
  • March 31, 2016-- Finalists Make Presentations to Judges
  • April 7, 2016--Inspiration Awards Winners Announced at Reception

Panel of Judges

The Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards will be given annually by the University of North Texas with entries judged by a six-member panel.

The 2016 Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards judges are:

  • UNT president
  • Dean of UNT's College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dean from another UNT school or college as selected by the UNT president
  • Two CEOs from the business community as selected by the UNT president
  • Executive Director of UNT's Innovation Greenhouse

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