The students are channeling the words of school namesake Penny W. Stamps, who challenged students in her April 2018 commencement speech by asking “What’s your big idea? What are you willing to spend your moral capital, your intellectual capital, your sweat equity in pursuing outside the walls of the University of Michigan? You have your artistic skills, now develop your ideas — your big idea,” she said. “Imagination has no limits.”
The BIA was established to honor Penny, and it provides one Stamps senior or team of eligible Stampers with $25,000 to help launch a major, ambitious project after graduation.
The 2022 winner will be announced as part of the Stamps Commencement celebration on Saturday, April 30th. A committee of external panelists nominated by Stamps faculty and staff, and representing a wide range of expertise will determine the winner.
“The applications we received in 2022 were so impressive and of the highest caliber of creativity and thoughtfulness,” said Veronica Falandino, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Services. “Each of these nominees is to be commended for their researched approach that produced these big, innovative ideas.”
In their own words, the applicants describe their BIA submissions.