CUNY announces 9/11 Memorial Competition With $10,000 Award For Website Design

The City University of New York, which lost students, faculty, staff, and an entire building in the attack on the World Trade Center, is offering a $10,000 award for a website design that memorializes the losses the CUNY community sustained on September 11th and recognizes its efforts in responding to the tragedy.

The competition is open to CUNY faculty, students and staff.

The University lost students, faculty and alumni—more than 100 at John Jay College alone. The attack severely damaged Fiterman Hall at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, which housed 250 classes as well as the CUNY Research Foundation and the New York TeleMedia Accelerator, the cornerstone of the University’s Business Incubator Network

In the days following the attack, the University Board of Trustees resolved that an appropriate memorial be created “to honor the members of our academic community who lost their lives on the darkest day for their University—or any university—in the history of our country.”

A special advisory committee to the Chancellor and the Council of Presidents established the City University of New York 9/11 Memorial Competition to create a unique and lasting tribute to those who were lost and to the spirit of renewal that sustains those who survive.

A panel of judges made up of prominent artists, web designers/developers, civic leaders, members of the CUNY community, and students, faculty and staff who suffered losses in the tragedy will choose five finalists by September 11, 2002 from entries submitted by July 15, 2002. A first-place winner will be selected from the finalists and announced before December 31, 2002. The award will be provided through non-tax levy funds.

The winning site will become part of, the University website.

The principal component of the 9/11 site must be an original graphic image or logo that expresses the contest theme and is adaptable for other media, including print and physical memorials. The site must include links to CUNY and non-CUNY websites devoted to 9/11. It must also be able to accept additional photographs, writings and other materials from the CUNY community. The site will accept contributions for one year from members of the CUNY community.

Further information and contest guidelines are available at