The Henry Armero Memorial Award will reward student projects with a focus on creativity, eclecticism, individuality, and inclusiveness. We encourage projects that involve collaboration in their production, especially across disciplines, and that encourage audience interaction. Henry’s own work contained as much joy as innovation, and the projects supported by the Award should also try to evoke delight and surprise. They should also cultivate on- and off-line community. Projects can take any form—from traditional 2D or 3D art objects to performances, digital art, or unexpected combinations of media—as long as they engage with the spirit of the award.

2016-2017 Schedule

September 1, 2016 Application available online
September 30, 2016 2015-2016 Henry Armero Memorial Award winner presentation
Family Weekend 3:30pm – 5:00pm at the Miller Gallery
December 1, 2016 Application submission deadline
December 21, 2016 Award winner announced
October 13, 2017 2016-2017 Henry Armero Memorial Award winner presentation
Family Weekend 3:30 – 5:00pm at the College of Fine Arts, Great Hall

The Henry Armero Memorial Award is open to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who are enrolled in the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, the School of Art, or the School of Computer Science. Attendance of the award winner(s) is required at the Henry Armero Memorial Award winner presentation during Family Weekend 2017. Awardees are expected to give a 10-15 minute oral/visual presentation of their final project. For graduating seniors, any travel expenses incurred returning to campus are the responsibility of the award winner(s). The Award may be used to support senior projects or capstones. Applicants are welcome to discuss their proposals with Stephanie Murray before applying.

Selection Criteria
A jury consisting of faculty and administrators from the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, the School of Art, and the School of Computer Science will select the winning candidate based on the following criteria:

  • Projects should promote collaboration and community
  • Projects should be innovative and creative
  • Projects should be of a size and scope that can be completed during the duration of the award
  • Projects should use skills students have developed while studying art or computer science, or both

Project Proposal Criteria
Applicants should prepare a project proposal detailing how the project meets the mission of the Henry Armero Memorial Award. Proposals should be no longer than 1,000 words and must clearly explain the project. At minimum, proposals should include a purpose, research objectives, methods, project timeline (project time period is December 21 – August 1), and a detailed budget for materials ($2,500). Supplemental materials giving evidence of skills to complete project are encouraged. Consider the following in writing your project proposal:


  • What is the final object of this project? What does it look like and what does it do?
  • What are you trying to achieve and why is it important?
  • What is your vision for the final project?


  • How does this project or program relate to your prior research or projects?
  • What are the sources of inspiration for this project?


  • What will this project offer to the CMU community?
  • How do you see the project affecting your future?

Submission Instructions
Please include the following information on a cover page included with your project proposal:

Contact Information
Email Address

Permanent Address
City, State, Postal Code

Local Address
City, State, Postal Code

Local or Mobile Phone

Academic Information
Current Year in School
School (BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, School of Art, or School of Computer Science)

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016 at 5:00pm

The cover page, project proposal, project timeline, and budget are to be submitted in one file as a pdf. Supplemental materials are to be submitted as separate files—pdf’s or mp3’s. Combine all files into one compressed (zipped) archive and email to with “HA Award Application-[Your Last Name]” in the subject line. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission within one business day. Direct any questions to Stephanie Murray at 412-268-1745 or by email.

The Armero Award Application Guidelines [PDF] are also available in the Solar Decathlon House.

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