Makerships -- MITERS Project Grants Fall 2011 -- Due Oct. 11th (aka 8am the following morning)

Makerships:
We want to give you money for your projects. We're allocating $500 a semester toward grants for student (undergraduates for now) projects. (So requesting up to $100 or $200 is within reason, although smaller requests are more likely to be granted).

MITERS:
MIT Electronics Research Society. miters.mit.edu
Originally founded as a club to give MIT students free and open access to computers, MITERS now features a mill, lathe, band saws, welders*, and other hands-on tools, in addition to a host of oscilloscopes, high-end soldering irons, and other EE prototyping tools. It’s a member-run creative haven and build-anything-you-want, if-you-break-it,-fix-it space.
*currently out of operation, we're working on fixing

Key Dates:
* Oct 11 -- Last day of Columbus weekend -- application deadline
* Oct 14 -- Winners notified
* Dec 16 -- (tentative) MEETERS (MITERS End of Every Term Research Showcase)

Terms:
* Undergraduate (any school, as long as you come hang out at MITERS)
* Work on the project at MITERS as much as possible
* Present at MEETERS (probably Dec 16th)
* Maintain good documentation of their work as you progress. On your website or on the MITERS website is fine. (this is good for your future/present portfolio too)

Judging: Names will be stripped from proposals, then I'll email everyone on the miters-keyholders list (about 20 people) for voting and discussion (coolness / technicality will come into play here). Final decisions will be made at general meeting Friday Oct. 14th (affirmative action in encouraging new makers / underclassmen will come into play here*), and winners notified by that Saturday (Oct 15th).

*Yes, I am explicitly stating that you should not be intimidated by x crazy project you see on the MITERS site. All you really need is enthusiasm for making things -- the rest will come naturally as you ask people at MIT / MITERS for help with your crazy idea. :)

===FAQ===
Why: We are funding this to convince more people to join MITERS and/or build things.

Money distribution: You would come to Friday build parties (every Friday @ 7pm @ MITERS) and pull up website(s) for us to order your parts from. This way we cut through the reimbursement craziness and don't even step near cash-grant sinkholes. If you absolutely want your part but can't make it, I'll create a spreadsheet doc that our treasurer, tylerc, can check.

Build parties: Basically, a bunch of people who like making things comes to hang out at MITERS. No dancing involved [yet].

Majors: We don't care what major you are. And we're definitely not pure 6-1. We're self-funded, so not directly tied to any department.

Questions? Email nouyang@mit.edu or miters-keyholders@mit.edu

If you want a copy of what you submitted here, just email me and/or save it elsewhere before you submit.

Cheers,
--Nancy

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