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STEAM Prize (Contest Held Biannually)

A Prize for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics applied to public safety

The Center for Public Safety Initiatives at RIT will award a prize of $5,000 to the Gold Medal Team of STEAM students and faculty selected for its contribution to addressing a public safety related problem of their choosing. Students must make up the majority of each competing team. A Silver Medal prize of $2,500 will also be awarded. A Bronze Medal team will receive an honorable mention.

Anyone can participate, but at least two members of the team must be RIT students. Winners will be announced at the Imagine RIT Festival.

Prizes will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. Innovation – Is your solution distinctive or fundamentally different from existing approaches?
  2. Social Implications – Does your project address a social problem or need?
  3. Impact on public safety - Does your solution demonstrate the potential to improve public safety (broadly defined)?
  4. Clarity – Does the proposal make sense?


CPSI will not claim any rights or responsibilities regarding possession or copyright of material developed for this contest.

The purpose of this contest is to encourage the development and application of STEAM related solutions to public safety problems. Faculty and students from all RIT schools and colleges are encouraged to participate. For this purpose “public safety” is defined broadly to include issues related to justice, crime, and criminal or civil processes. CPSI will exclude from review any projects it determines are inappropriate. If no projects are found by CPSI to be sufficiently meritorious no prize will be awarded for the year.

STEAM teams are encouraged to use their imagination. A broad range of projects is anticipated and encouraged. Below are some examples of possible projects:

  • New software for crime analysis or data visualization
  • Useful analytic methods for studying crime or justice problems
  • Developing useful cell phone apps for use in policing or other criminal justice agencies
  • Development of games or simulations of the operation of the criminal justice system
  • Developing methods of handling police body-worn camera video including data cataloguing, storage, and analysis
  • Developing STEAM-based approaches to address problems such as the opioid crisis

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