Beyond the Lab

What is the Beyond the Lab program?

The Beyond the Lab program is an extension of the Humanities Lab, and more specifically faculty-student team collaborations. It is an opportunity to work beyond the semester's end to further develop and refine outcomes created in the original Lab for greater impact into the communities they serve. 

Who can apply?

Students who are currently completing a Humanities Lab can apply to extend their Lab projects beyond the scope of a single semester. To begin the process, start a conversation with your current faculty and student team about how you see your current impact outcome evolving. After you have an idea of what your Beyond the Lab project would look like, fill out this application to be considered.

What type of impact outcomes are possible?

Beyond the Lab outcomes vary widely but always leave an impact. Examples include: further developing a publication plan (book, article, experimental media platform); mounting an exhibition; building a prototype for a new invention; developing an enterprise pitch deck; adapting Labs as workshop or training for scale; creating a social media intervention experience; curating an XR art installation; writing white papers; and developing apps to name a few.

Do you receive credit for participating?

Yes! Accepted students teams will partner with faculty for a semester (or more) as they enhance and build upon their previous work. These students will receive ASU credit hours.

Is there funding available to support projects?

Yes! Through the Seize the Moment initiative, students can apply for up to $5,000 to support their project. While no separate application is required, students will need to submit a budget and make sure their project aligns with the initiative. To learn more, read the funding guidelines below.

Questions?

To learn more about the Beyond the Lab program and opportunities to participate, contact Marketing and Communications Program Coordinator Maureen Kobierowski at 480.727.7220 or Maureen.Kobierowski@asu.edu.


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What are some examples of Beyond the Lab outcomes?

Three students from the Humanities Lab Spring 2019 – Rebuilding Puerto Rico Lab became the first students to kick-off the Lab’s inaugural Beyond the Lab program, where they created a children’s book with the aim of providing children language, tools and resources for coping with natural disasters such as Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria.

Learn more about their project here

The Humanities Lab Fall 2020 – Disrupting Dis/Ability Lab students decided to carry over their initiative to Spring 2021 to build upon their Lab’s original impact outcome – developing a new layer on ASU’s Interactive Campus Map. Mapping Access spans across all four of the metro Phoenix campuses and helps individuals find building entrances, accessible restrooms, etc.

Learn more about their project here

Meet our newest Beyond the Lab teams.

A group of four students from the Humanities Lab Fall 2021 – Humanizing Digital Culture Lab, inspired by their introduction to "distributed, place-based" experiences in the class, has decided to break new ground by developing a software toolkit for creating AR—augmented reality—stories that uses any elevator car as a "digital window" into another world. With funding from Seize the Moment, the group aims to ultimately publish an ElevateAR platform that any artist can use to create these immersive experiences.

Learn more about their project here

A group of students

Six students from the Humanities Lab Fall 2021 – Food, Health & Climate Change Lab have decided to extend their impact outcome—a tabling initiative that distributed reusable utensils to ASU students—into a Beyond the Lab project.

Learn more about their project here

Seize the Moment

Request up to $5,000 for Beyond the Lab

As part of the Seize the Moment initiative at Arizona State University, we're proud to offer student teams the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support their impact outcome projects and activities through Beyond the Lab.

Funding can be used to organize public events, produce media, purchase supplies and materials, provide support for community collaborators, and more. To apply, all you need to do is make sure your projects are aligned with Seize the Moment guidelines and include a funding request with your Beyond the Lab application. 

To read the full guidelines and learn more about funding, keep reading. If you have any questions, contact Marketing and Communications Coordinator Maureen Kobierowski at 480.727.7220 or maureen.kobierowski@asu.edu

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Guidelines

Guidelines

Shaping tomorrow, today, requires path-breaking, creative solutions. That challenge has never been more critical than it is today, as an alarming “syndemic” of intersecting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and accompanying civil unrest, and cascading environmental hazards—destabilize social systems and threaten human survival across the planet. 

At this critical time in human history, Seize the Moment is designed to address the challenges of the current moment through transdisciplinary collaborations in the arts, sciences, humanities, and technology in pedagogy, research, and public engagement. 

For Beyond the Lab, we're specifically interested in projects or activities that:

  • Address an intersectional crisis: Identify and address a complex, multi-faceted problem at the intersection of health, social, and environmental issues
  • Transdisciplinary: Use an arts, humanities or other creative practice and approach in conversation with science, technology, or another discipline or field
  • Create a public impact: Produce meaningful, concrete outcomes or actions that increase public engagement around the issue and positively impact the community 

Seize the Moment is an initiative of Leonardo, the Humanities Lab and the Global Futures Laboratory. To learn more, visit our website at http://bit.ly/SeizetheMomentASU.

Simple text logos for Leonardo, the Humanities Lab, and The Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University

Funding

Funding

Seize the Moment provides students with the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 to support impact outcome projects and activities through Beyond the Lab. This could be a gray area. Examples may include:

  • Media: Podcasts, videos, books, new media, experimental publishing, digital innovation, or other forms of media
  • Projects or Products: Podcasts, videos, publications, or other costs associated with organizing and executing various projects or productions
  • Events: Venues, speaker fees, ASL interpretation, live-streaming, recording, or other costs associated with organizing public events 
  • Collaboration and Support: Stipends, honoraria, or other forms of financial compensation for individuals and organizations providing services
  • Art: Murals, posters, installations, or other forms of public art
  • Supplies and Materials: Books, accesses, softwares, or other supplies and materials necessary for the outcome (excluding transactions prohibited by ASU)
  • Marketing: Posters, fliers, postcards, or other printed materials promoting the outcome

Please note: funding is not intended to support payments or other forms of financial compensation for ASU students or faculty.

While the maximum request for any funding is $5,000, you do not need to request the maximum amount. That being said, requests of any amount up to the maximum are welcome and encouraged. Generally speaking, we recommend between $1,000 and $2,000. Submit the budget that works best for you.

Creating budgets and providing justification

To apply for funding, all you need to do is include an itemized budget and provide a funding justification in your Beyond the Lab application. No separate application is required.

To create an itemized budget, simply list your expenses and calculate the total using our budget template or your own spreadsheet. Don't forget to include an administrative service charge of 8.5% on all expenses.

To justify your funding, simply identify the expense and explain how it will support or further your project. While the length of your funding justification will vary depending on your project, we recommend between one and three sentences for each item, and a maximum length of 500 words.