Designs invited for the Distinguished Teacher medal, 2022–23

Posted on November 15, 2021

All Pratt students are invited to submit designs for the Pratt Institute Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) Medal by March 20, 2022. $350 will be awarded to the winner, who will be featured in the DTA Medal archive. This will include images of the winning medal and fabrication process.

The DTA celebrates exceptional teaching and recognizes the recipients commitment to Pratt’s students and mission. The goal for the medal design is to reflect the making culture and diverse talents of the Institute. The winning medal from this annual student competition will be fabricated and awarded to the 2022-2023 DTA recipient at Commencement 2022. The competition is being sponsored by the Pratt Institute Academic Senate, and submissions will be reviewed by a jury of Pratt faculty and staff.

This competition is open to Pratt Institute students from all undergraduate and graduate departments. Faculty and staff who serve as advisors will be credited accordingly. Please submit design proposals to  by 11:59 PM on March 20, 2022.

Below are details about the competition, including design specifications and procedures. Please contact DTA Committee Chair Dean Sidaway with questions.


Who is eligible to compete

This competition is open to Pratt Institute students from all undergraduate and graduate departments. Faculty and staff who serve as advisors will be credited accordingly. We encourage collaborative and cross-disciplinary teams.


Physical Requirements:

  1. The Medal design can be of any form/shape that fits within a maximum 3.5 inch diameter. Its thickness may vary as long it does not exceed 3/8 inch. For previous examples, please see our web archive of winning medals. Non-traditional medal designs are also encouraged, such as the medal designed for President Frances Bronet during her inauguration.
  2. The fabrication of the medal will be based on 3D printing.  Therefore a 3D file will be required. You may use any software available in the Pratt labs provided the file can be saved as an STL or OBJ format.
  3. Please consult Shapeways’ design guidelines to ensure your design can be fabricated: Please note especially wall thickness requirements with any lettering used on the medal.
  4. Provide a way to secure a 1-inch wide ribbon so that the medal may be hung from the recipient’s neck. A simple clasp for the ribbon should be considered by the designer and presented as part of the final design submission.
  5. All surfaces of the medal may be used: front, back and edges.

Text/Graphics Specifications

Placement of all text will be part of the design and at the discretion of the designer(s), within competition rules. The following text must be included:

  1. Name of the DTA recipient(s) and their school (actual name will be added to the winning design)
  2. Name/signature of medal designer(s)
  3. 2022–2023 (academic year of award)
  4. Pratt Institute
  5. Distinguished Teacher Award
  6. President Frances Bronet
  7. Provost Donna Heiland

Recognition of Medal Winner(s)

  1. Honorarium of $350 to the medal design winner(s)
  2. Inclusion in web archive of winning medals, which includes images of Medal and fabrication process

Deliverables and Schedule

  1. Entries should include a minimum 1 image each of the front and back of your design. All images should be in JPG or PDF format and not exceed 1MB each. A maximum of 4 images may be submitted. Images may be combined into a single PDF File. Filenames should be in the following format: yourname_DTA_01, yourname_DTA_02 etc.
  2. 3D file for printing (STL or OBJ), which conforms to Shapeways’ design guidelines.
  3. Include entrant’s name, email address, department, year, and name of any faculty advisor.
  4. Submit by email to by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 21, 2022.
  5. Winner(s) shall be notified the last week of March.
  6. Any revision to the design shall be due by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 27, 2022. 

Medal Selection Criteria

Medal selection will be based on the integrity of the design and the ability for it to be fabricated within specified budget and schedule. Please consult the Medal Specifications section.

Medal Design Jury

Chris Sula, Senate President & Information School Professor
Dean Sidaway, DTA Committee Chair & Fashion Professor
Members of the DTA Committee

Design Ownership and Use

By participating in the DTA Medal Competition, entrants agree to grant the Sponsor the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use the Medal design in all media.

The DTA Medal Design Jury reserves the right to require modifications to the winning medal design to ensure compliance with fabrication and budgetary constraints. If the design cannot be modified, the Jury can then select another design from the original pool of applicants.

About Pratt Institute’s Distinguished Teacher Award

The Pratt Institute Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes exceptional dedication to Pratt’s mission and applauds the accomplishments made over the course of an academic career. The Distinguished Teacher is nominated by students and the Award is conferred by the Academic Senate, the Administration, and the Board of Trustees. The incoming DTA recipient addresses the student body at Commencement and presents the mace at graduation ceremonies.