Call for Student Project Proposals

The Small Hall Makerspace allows members of the campus community to learn, create, explore, and collaborate on DIY (do-it-yourself) projects. Makerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where makers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build things.

Small Hall Makerspace

The Small Hall Makerspace has been set up with seed equipment, including various hand and power tools, electronics components and soldering stations, Arduino kits, Raspberry Pi kits, Leap Motion controllers, Pebble watches, Oculus Rift virtual reality head-sets, an iSense 3D scanner, a Parrot drone, an Ultimaker2 3D printer, a Shapeoko2 CNC router, and a Full Spectrum 45W paper/acrylic/wood laser cutter. A printed circuit board etching station is currently in development.

Below the Small Hall Makerspace is the Small Hall student machine shop with lathes, milling machines and bandsaws for all your metal-working needs.

The Small Hall Makerspace is seeking proposals for student-led projects for the Small Hall Makerspace to expand this base with dedicated equipment to support specific projects.


Proposers are encouraged to check out the Makerspace ahead of time to identify any existing equipment and the constraints they may pose

Proposals should be submitted using the web form, or as pdf to [[physics|makerspace]] if figures are included. Project proposals will be reviewed upon receipt. Please direct any questions to [[physics|makerspace]].

Teams and Budget Constraints

Each project proposal must include at least one single principal investigator who will be a full-time student for the full duration of the project, and can include multiple other co-investigators.

  • Single person proposals have an upper limit of $250.
  • Multiple person proposals with students who all have a major in common have an upper limit of $500.
  • Multiple person proposals where students are from different majors have an upper limit of $750.
Project Description

Each proposal must include a one-page written description of the project, a timeline of the work, a listing of the required equipment and consumables, and a projected budget. In your project description, address the following Heilmeier questions:

  • What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
  • How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
  • What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
  • Who cares? If you succeed, what difference will it make?
  • What are the risks?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the mid-term and final “exams” to check for success?
Timeline and Budget

Each proposal must include a timeline of the work, a listing of the required equipment and consumables, and a projected budget.

Project Reports

Successful proposals will be expected to provide periodic progress reports on the makerspace blog, to submit half-yearly progress reports, and to submit a final report by the scheduled completion date.

Future (different) project funding is contingent on the reports and results of the final "exam" being posted on the Small Hall Makerspace website, and approved by the User Board.

Student Clubs

The Small Hall Makerspace can fund student clubs and outreach activities only as matching funds: promise of an equal amount of funding through other channels has to be demonstrated. Outreach activities can be included without this requirement as part of specific project proposals and are, in fact, encouraged.