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Student Innovation Challenge Grant

Spring 2014

The winners for the Simone Center Student Innovation Challenge Grant for the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows:

Project Title Team Members' Names Mentor(s)
Binder: Course Management Reimagined John Robinson, Greg Sapienza, Leonard Smith, Joshua Lieberman, Valdimir Perez, David Fine, Pablo Franco, and Chiran Jain Dana Wolcott
Modular Workstation Andrew Grant Richard DeMartino
Interactive Therapy: Medical Application Development Alan Gesek, Raymond Szigeti, Meg Stephens, Andrew O'Donnell, Brittany Norton, Samantha Bundy, Samantha Kimmel, Natasha Tellis, and Hanan Ahmed Caroline Easton, Jim Perkins, Glen Hintz, Dick Doolittle
Una Crutch Kyra Wilson-Houck, Joanna Dzionara-Norsen, Ana Allen, Beverly Liriano, and Daniel Sawicki Dan Harel
Lehigh Valley Trail Commuter Monitor Network Jared Mistretta Jeffery Wagner
Tutela Case Tegan Spinner and Jon Lunt Dana Walcott
Storytelling Game Aleks  Litynski and Jared Mistretta Jon Schull
Wirelessly Controlled Electroluminescent Wire/RGB LEDs Carmen Bovalina, Joseph Micceri, and Eugene Kallivrousis Jeanne Christman

The winners for the 2014 John J. Peters Innovation Challenge Grant Winners are as follows:

Hybrid Analog and Digital Audio Dynamics Processor William Sender, Jeffrey Auclair, Bryan Beatrez, Michael Ferry Les Moore
VeloTech Cyclist Visibility System Killian Castner, Robert Filipkowski Kim Sherman

Details on the program:

The RIT Simone Center Student Innovation Challenge Grant Program is designed to assist students and student teams in advancing innovation-related projects with small seed grants.  These grants are intended to be awarded for early-stage projects with the potential to carry over into the following academic year.

Grants up to $1,000 are awarded.

Award Criteria:  

Awards will be based on:

  • Innovativeness
  • Potential to be realized
  • Multidisciplinary team membership
  • Faculty Mentor oversight


Important Dates:

December 8, 2013 by 11:59PM   Application is due

January 27, 2014                        Grant results (awarded/declined) will be made via email

April 2, 2014                              Project Presentation by grant recipients to Simone Center                                                   Innovation Council

April 25, 2014                            Final day to submit receipts for reimbursement of Spring 2014                                                   Grant

There are some funds specifically targeted for projects related to:
  • LED and Digital Display Technologies
  • Next Generation Home Technologies (connectedness) / Smart Grid
  • Mechanical (electromechanical)
  • Communications (4G LTE)
Faculty Mentor:
  • Each project must have a faculty member willing to oversee the project
  • Your mentor will be asked to sign an acknowledgement form (if awarded grant funding)
Expenses and Reimbursement:
  • All expenses must adhere to RIT’s Policies and Procedures
  • All expenses must be pre-approved (see non-reimbursable expenses below) by the Simone Center
  • Expenses will be reimbursed after purchase with proper documentation, including original receipts (stating the form of payment)
  • All requests for reimbursement must be submitted by April 25, 2014
Non-Reimbursable Expenses:

Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Consulting Fees
  • Business start-up fees, such as business cards, registering a business, website domain, etc.
  • Wages, Salary, Stipend
  • Non-dedicated equipment and software, such as a personal computer, tablet, etc.
  • Conference travel
  • Advertising, publication, and marketing expenses

If awarded grant funding, each project leader must sign a contract agreeing to the above Terms and Conditions.

For any additional questions, please contact Clare Lagiewski,, 585-475-2185.