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WID is pleased to announce the Emerging Interfaces Award. This award aims to promote creative and engaging explorations at interfaces between science & technology and the arts, humanities, social sciences and education. The award will provide candidates selected from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education with an opportunity to pursue a term-long project at the interface between science/technology and their respective disciplines. Science and technology areas of particular interest to WID are BIO (biosciences and biotechnology), INFO (information science and technology), and NANO (nano-science and technology).

Projects for the Emerging Interfaces Award should ideally seek to engage people, approaches, and ideas drawn from different disciplines, but each with connections to BIO, INFO and/or NANO. Intended impacts may include (but are not limited to):

  • Research — science and its interfaces with arts, humanities, social sciences, and education, or on topics or questions that reflect emerging interfaces
  • Education — K12, undergraduate, graduate
  • Public understanding and appreciation of science, technology or research
  • Works of art, performance, new media
  • Writing, blogging, or social media

We especially encourage projects that actively engage or promote collaboration with UW-Madison faculty, students, or staff involved in the sciences or technology.

Anticipated award areas may include (but are not limited to):

  • Science writing or technical communication
  • Science education
  • Visual & graphics arts
  • Material design
  • Music composition
  • Performance (music, theater, dance)
  • Literary, media, and cultural studies
  • Research methods
  • History/ sociology/ philosophy of science

Eligibility: To be considered, candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree, and must be pursuing further training at University of Wisconsin-Madison at the masters, doctoral or postdoctoral level. In areas that do not offer a degree beyond the bachelor’s level, such as Dance, applications will be accepted by senior-level candidates for bachelor-level degrees.

Funding: Award recipients will receive a $2500 stipend and carrel-desk space in the WID building during the Spring 2012 term.

Expectations: During Spring 2012, each award recipient will:

(i) participate in a one-hour weekly discussion with other Emerging Interface award recipients on challenges and opportunities at the science and technology interface,
(ii) present a WID Emerging Interface event, 45-to-60 minutes, open to the university community and public. This may be a seminar, performance, reading, discussion, or demonstration, not necessarily related to your term-long project,
(iii) provide a copy of any published or public materials produced in relation to the award (e.g., audio and/or visual records, digital products, web postings, news items, reports or publications), due May 15, 2012, and
(iv) provide a written short summary (250 words max) of project accomplishments and plans for continuation (if any), due May 15, 2012.

Application Procedure: Applicants must complete a single application for the WID Emerging Interfaces Award and indicate affiliation with one of following WID partners:

• Arts Institute* 
• Center for the Humanities *
• Holtz Center, Science and Technology Studies*
• Design Lab
• School of Journalism & Mass Communication
• Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
• Center for Visual Cultures
• Wisconsin Center for Education Research
• The Writing Center

Applicants who do not have a direct affiliation with any of the above WID partners will be encouraged to designate one of the indicated (*) partners.

Deadline: The application deadline is October 15, 2011. Awards will be announced November 15, 2011.

Inquiries: Please send questions directly to a WID partner above or to Pat Pointer at Wisconsin Institute for Discovery: plpointer@wisc.edu 

Website for submission:  https://newfac.sysbio.discovery.wisc.edu/eia.asp