In an effort to address some of the most urgent environmental issues facing our world today, Michigan State University is inviting students across the state to design cost-effective, energy-efficient and design-centric solar installations that can be integrated into a campus landscape. MSU's Energy Innovation Award and Student Solar Design Competition will recognize students who are advancing sustainability through their commitment to clean energy innovation.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from any Michigan collegiate institution, this year's Student Solar Design Competition will award $10,000 in total prize money for first, second and third place. Submissions will be evaluated for creativity, design, application and entrepreneurship – challenging participants to envision the next generation of energy innovation through the blending of art and science.

"To develop energy-saving solutions for a sustainable future, we are calling on the brightest collegiate minds in Michigan," said Ann Erhardt, director of MSU Sustainability, who is one of this year's competition judges. "We believe that interdisciplinary collaboration will ultimately lead to the most comprehensive and dynamic solutions, and we highly encourage students of varying areas of study to team up."

Besides promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, the competition will connect students with industry professionals, creating unique, real-world learning experiences and networking opportunities.

Competition registration will close on Oct. 31, 2015.