FAQs – Duquesne University Prizes for Students and Faculty

Year one prizes have been awarded. See the article here

More information about year 2 and year 3 prizes and deadlines will be posted as we approach the next cycle. 

What type of idea can I/we propose?
Competition entries may propose courses and materials that utilize traditional teaching and research approaches; or they may integrate social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), online sites (e.g., Reddit, blogs and vlogs) and other communication strategies uniquely adapted to effective teaching/learning by today’s students.

How do I register for the competition?
The only things you need to register are the name(s) of the participant(s) and a brief paragraph describing the idea that you would like to develop and explore.

Are team submissions permitted?
Yes, the competition will permit teams of students and/or faculty to conduct research, gather data and/or reach out to college-age students of all backgrounds to develop and refine ideas. In the case of group entries, the Rangos Prize will go to the group.

What is required for the proposal?
When developing your proposal, adhere to the Rangos Prize proposal requirements.

Those competing will present their proposals in the form most appropriate to their work. The finalists will make their presentations at a forum judged by faculty, student leaders and community leaders.

When are proposals due?
Dates are not yet available for proposals for year 2 and year 3.

What can I/we win?
The Rangos Prizes will be funded by a generous gift from John G. Rangos Sr., totaling $50,000. These funds will be expended over a three-year period, as follows:

Year 1: $18,000 will be allocated to create nine student prizes of $1,000 each and nine faculty prizes of $1,000 each to develop classes, course materials and academic programs uniquely designed to engage a new generation of students and equip them with a core set of ethical/moral values, knowledge and skills to become leaders in an evolving society.

Year 2: $17,000 will be allocated to create three $5,000 prizes to advance and implement the most creative student and faculty initiatives developed in Year 1. Additionally, two student prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded to foster new ideas, similar to those in Year 1.

Year 3: $15,000 will be allocated to create three $5,000 prizes to advance the most promising initiatives from Years 1 and 2, in a similar fashion.

What does a winning proposal look like?
Prizes will be awarded to individual students and faculty and/or teams of individuals who develop classes, course materials and academic programs uniquely designed to engage today’s students and equip them with a core set of ethical/moral values, knowledge and skills to become leaders in an evolving society.

What should I consider as I develop my proposal?
The competition entries will:

Consider challenges facing new generations of students;
Articulate issues confronting these students and offer creative solutions;
Help ensure that they can envision a productive future in society, business, education, health sciences, the arts, law, government and public life; and
Design innovative pathways for educating new generations of students in a bold fashion that is distinctly Catholic and Spiritan.

What if I have questions throughout the process?
Drop-in clinics for questions will begin the week of March 25, 2019. Workshops will be offered throughout April to give participants the opportunity to learn about other participants’ ideas and to continue to develop their own ideas.

In addition, questions or inquiries about the process and procedures for Rangos Prizes can be sent to provost@duq.edu.

When will awards be announced?
The first-year awards have been announced. See the article here. 

Second and third year prize announcments are expected to be announced in Spring 2020 and Spring 2021.