Visualizing Climate Change Call for Proposals 2015

POSTED ON: April 7, 2015


The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the CUISD Summer Challenge Fellowship. Congratulations to:

Jae Sung Song, Catherine Go and Aman Grewal; Bridging Cause and Effect

Claire Calvert and Mizanur Rahman; Effects of Rising Sea Level on Bangladesh

Margaux Wheelock-Shaw and Katherine Sullivan; Mycelium Remediation and California Drought

Thank you to everyone who submitted project proposals and to the faculty members of the four schools of The Cooper Union who participated in the review process.



In its inaugural year, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design's fellowship competition will take the theme of Visualizing Climate Change. We invite project proposals that focus on understanding global warming and illuminate leverage points for addressing it. Projects should aim to investigate a specific phenomenon related to climate change and its effects on geography, economics, security, and/or social stability. Each project should combine scientific research with a visual component that invents a way to represent research findings to a larger audience. The projects will be exhibited at The Cooper Union in the fall of 2015.

Interdisciplinary teams of two or three students from the various schools will be given preference (although individual submissions will also be considered). Students may optionally team up with other applicants on a proposal or direct fellowship-related questions to a moderator via The Institute’s fellowship forum:

Three fellowships in the amount of $1,500 per project will be awarded in the spring of 2015 for use during the summer of 2015 and the fall 2015 semester. Awards will be made on the basis of merit to students who have attended The Cooper Union for at least one year and who will be enrolled for the 2015–2016 academic year. Fellowships are intended to provide a stipend to students involved in sustainability research. Students who are awarded the fellowships must agree to exhibit their work publicly during the following academic year.


Applications must be submitted to The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design at the following email: by Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, at 11:00 pm EST.

Applications should include a proposal (up to 500 words), and may include up to five images. The text and images should be sent as one pdf file, not as individual files. Additionally, each team member must submit a digital copy of their academic transcript to the above email. A jury from the faculty of the schools of The Cooper Union will select the winners.

Results will be announced by May 15th.

Download a PDF of the poster

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