RESNA Student Design Competition

Funding Agency:
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North American

RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is among the premier professional organizations in the field of assistive and rehabilitation technology. The annual RESNA Conference offers an excellent public forum for presenting research, design work, and clinical findings to service providers, researchers, educators and consumers from across the nation and around the world.

The RESNA Student Design Competition (SDC) is an annual competition that showcases creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology.  Only undergraduate and masters level graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply.

Deadline: March 15, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate and master's level graduate students of an accredited university are eligible.
  • Designs may be submitted by individual students or student teams.
  • The submission must document the design and fabrication of a device used by one or more individuals to maximize independence.
  • Entries may be written by new professionals, but only if the design was completed and tested while the individual was a student. ** A letter from a faculty member confirming that the new professional was a student when the design was completed must be included.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

March 15, 2019