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Questions about the 2015 contest? Find Your Answers Here!

What is 3i?
What is the Prize?
What Does the Winner Have to Do?
Who is Eligible?
How is the Winner Chosen?
What Constitutes a Completed Application?
When is the Application Deadline?
Where are the Application Materials Submitted?
Who is the Contact for Questions?
Media Inquiries: Last Year's Top 2 Vote-Getting Abstracts 


WHAT IS 3i? INVOLVE. INVENT. INVEST. Calling all “What If’s and Why Not’s”. Calling all ideas that didn’t get put into play for lack of funding, lack of time, or just plain fear of the unknown. Aimed at generating & then trying out innovative ideas in Career Services in 2020, the 3i program at MPACE challenges members to think outside the box to create the ideas and programs for the future of Career Services on campus. 

The MPACE member community will choose a winning idea, to be awarded at the Disneyland Anaheim Conference, December 9-11, 2015. Winners will be required to present a workshop at the following MPACE Annual Conference on the project’s outcomes and lessons learned. Success or failure is not anticipated. Innovation is. All ideas become the property of MPACE for use by its members. 

WHAT IS THE PRIZE? The winning school will receive $5,000 as a cash grant from MPACE to fund the program or reward the team. Winners will also be given 2 free conference registrations for the workshop presenters to the 2016 Denver Conference. The honor and glory is priceless.

WHAT DOES THE WINNER HAVE TO DO? Winning schools agree to put the program into play for at least two recruiting cycles, or at least six months. (Projects do not have to span a complete calendar year, but should encompass more than one career fair, recruiting cycle, semester, etc.) 3i grant recipients will report back to designated MPACE contacts regularly so the info can be shared with members. The winners will present their findings at workshops during the Annual Conference the year after the award was given, i.e. winner announced in December 2015 presents in December 2016.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? For the contest year 2015, schools with 10,000 or less students and at least one active MPACE member are eligible to send in an application. The active MPACE member serves as the contact for the proposal and the project. There is no limit to the number of applications a school may submit.

LAST YEAR'S TOP 2 VOTE GETTING ABSTRACTS! Check out examples of the top 2 vote getters of 2014 for ideas.

HOW IS THE WINNER CHOSEN? The winner will be chosen directly by the MPACE membership community by a SurveyMonkey online ballot in November 2015.

WHAT CONSTITUTES A COMPLETED APPLICATION? Application, and Abstract Description. Applicants need to fill out an official application form, submitted with a 200-word max abstract of their project (for the online ballot), along with a more detailed one-page description (linked to the ballot and on website), including how the grant money will be allocated. The application includes a required signature by the Career Services Director or Department head confirming their knowledge and support of this application. Members will use application materials to decide their vote. Be creative in your description. All application materials become the property of MPACE.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE? All applications need to be in by 5 pm PST, September 30, 2015.

WHERE IS THE APPLICATION MATERIAL SUBMITTED? Email the application form with appropriate signatures and attachments to address below. Given the size of electronic files, confirm emailed applications with a second email to Deborah Dobbs, d2@dobbsgroup.com with no attachments to make sure we received the first one.

WHO IS THE CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS? Deborah Dobbs, MPACE Executive Director d2@dobbsgroup.com.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Deborah Dobbs, Executive Director MPACE 16 Santa Ana Place Walnut Creek ,CA 94598

925-934-3877. Fax 924-906-0922 d2@dobbsgroup.com info@mpace.org


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