Purpose: This award recognizes innovative service and community engagement projects or initiatives developed by Kent State faculty, staff, and/or students. Projects should demonstrate engagement and social issue awareness and meet an expressed need in the community. Examples of applicable types of projects include but are not limited to community-based research/capstone projects, projects developed as part of a practicum or community-based internship, independently developed projects that meet a community need, etc.
Eligibility: Nominated projects must have been wholly developed between May 2020-present or have a new component that was implemented between May 2020-present.
Selection Criteria: Projects nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in all or most of the following areas:
- Exhibited depth of understanding of the community needs or social issues addressed by the project;
- Made a distinct impact on the community/community issue/population being served;
- Demonstrated growth over time and sustainable opportunities for others in the community to get involved.