This contest is open to all students at The New School who are interested in influencing social change in NYC. Prized Solutions: Reimagining NYC recognizes outstanding work that individuals are doing within and outside of the classroom environment. This opportunity is geared to those willing to offer fresh analysis, approaches, and strategies to some of the toughest social and economic challenges facing the city. It is meant to showcase students’ research, creativity, and ideas related to the city’s issues such as education reform, environmental sustainability, criminal justice, poverty alleviation, homelessness, immigration, community activism, and housing policy. Prizes will be awarded for student research or other work products. Pre-existing, on-going projects for class, or other work assignments can be submitted. Whether the submissions are creative photo essays, research papers or reports, poetry collections, media projects, works of art and design, or any other well-documented venture, they should contribute thought-provoking, cutting-edge approaches or perspectives on pervasive social problems in NYC.  

The contest provides students with a platform to share their ideas with a broader audience, and has the potential to encourage new connections between TNS community and outside individuals and organizations involved in NYC based initiatives.  


  • University-wide competition recognizing student projects that engage a social or economic issue facing the city. Open to all current New School students, including recent graduates (2016). Students may submit individually or as collaborative teams.
  • Five winners will be selected and will receive a $2000 award. These students will also have their work published with the Center for New York City Affairs.
  • Winners and finalists will have the unique opportunity to participate in our spring 2017 showcase, where they can share their outstanding work, and network with peers, policymakers, and activists from organizations in NYC.
  • Projects can be submitted by students across all schools/programs such as Parsons, Lang, Milano, NSSR, Media Studies, Mannes, Jazz, and Drama.
  • Eligible submissions will have:
    • A clearly defined problem or topic that addresses a pressing social or economic challenge in NYC.
    • A completed research project or product that offers fresh ideas and analysis that has the potential to generate broad public policy/social change.
    • A documented research process. 
    • Broad appeal and applicability to a variety of audiences. 
    • A collaborative element: Preference for projects that foster partnerships with other students, and/or local groups and organizations. 

Deadline: February 17, 2017

  • Applications are now available.
  • All applications must be submitted by February 10 at midnight.
  • Applications will consist of:  
    • Submission of the project/paper up to a maximum of 15 pages.
    • Responses to the following questions:
      • What is the specific social or economic issue that you have identified, and why should this problem be addressed? 
      • How will your work provide an innovative approach to addressing this issue? 
      • Describe your research methodology.
      • If associated with a class, please provide the name of the professor/course.
      • How will your project impact communities in NYC? 
      • Provide any names of any partners associated with the project .

Applications are available here. For any questions, please refer to the FAQs.

Judging Criteria: 

  • Problem Identification 
  • Research Methodology
  • Quality of Work Product
  • Potential for Social Impact
  • Collaboration

Contest Winners:

  • The top five winners will receive a $2,000 prize.
  • Winners will also have their work published online with the Center for New York City Affairs.  Winners are expected to work with the Center to edit their pieces as needed for publication.   
  • Winners and finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a public showcase and present their work to experts, peers, policy makers, and community leaders.  


For any questions, please refer to the FAQs.

Photo credit: Stephen Reiss