The application process starts with the formation of a project team. The initiation of the team can start with any of its members, and must have at least three people involved:
- A faculty or staff member from the Math & Science Department at Pratt
- A faculty or staff member from any other Department at Pratt
- A Pratt upperclass or graduate student, or a professional outside of the Pratt community seeking residency at Pratt
Teams can either be self-formed or formed with assistance from STEAMplant staff members. If you’re a prospective student fellow or resident, and are seeking assistance in forming your team, we’re happy to connect you to Pratt faculty and staff who may be interested in collaborating.
When ready, the team prepares an application with the following sections, and then uploads a single combined PDF to our website:
- Name and contact information of resident or Pratt upperclass/graduate student (if you are a graduate student, please specify your department and anticipated date of graduation).
- Name(s) and contact information of the faculty member(s) from Pratt Institute’s Mathematics and Science department that have committed to working with you on your project, including the number of hours that they have committed to. You must have at least one entry in this section.
- Name(s) and contact information of the faculty member(s) from the other department(s) at Pratt Institute that have committed to working with you on your project, including the number of hours that they have committed to. You must have at least one entry in this section.
- Describe the type of interdisciplinary work to be carried out including the roles and responsibilities of each project member. (Word limit: 500)
- Identify a target audience and explain how, as part of the project’s output, the project will engage that audience. (Word limit: 250)
- Define the outcomes you would like to realize, including how these outcomes relate to working at the interface between art/design and math/science. (Word limit: 250)
- Outline a method to assess the success of your project. (Word limit: 250)
- Develop a timeline of your project (between 3 and 12 months long). (Word limit: 250)
- Define your project budget (not to exceed $7,500, can include fellow/resident compensation)
- CVs/resumes of all project participants
- Work/portfolio samples of the potential resident or student fellow, which can be included in the application PDF or as a hyperlink in the PDF
- Any additional materials that you would like to be part of your application
In vetting applications, the selection committee will consider whether or not the projects can achieve their goals by answering the following questions:
- Can the project be carried out with the funds, resources, and infrastructure available?
- Are the timescales realistic?
- Is the budget clear and plausible?
- Are the skills, experiences, and competencies of the applicants suitable for the goals of the project?
- Are the project outcomes and methods of engagement appropriate for the target audience?
- What are the possible effects the projects will have on this audience?
- Does the project have potential to reach secondary audiences?
- Will the project effectively engage it’s target audience with accessible math/science content?
- Is the content mathematically and/or scientifically sound?