Shape your idea through active learning

Do you have an idea for a video game, a mobile app, a digital comic book, a multimedia story, a podcast, a digital music production or service, a short film or an online museum exhibition?

build  /bild/  develop, produce or make stronger
col·lab·o·ra·tive  /kəˈlab(ə)rədiv/  two or more parties working together

Turning student ideas into reality

Established in fall 2022, The Build Collaborative is dedicated to hands-on learning that enables students to build products, build ideas for research or business, build peer networks and build careers. Dedicated to applied research and socially engaged practice, The Build Collaborative also sponsors programs, events, seminars, lectures, projects, residencies and publications/media productions.

Be a Build Collaborative Fellow

Every student participant is a Build Collaborative Fellow who is expected to take part in activities that explore the history and contemporary workings of creative media and the businesses of creative/information enterprises.

Earn credit

Build Collaborative Fellows enrolled in the Build Collaborative Lab, BILD-400, will earn academic credits of 2 to 4 semester hours, depending on approval by your home department, that can be used to satisfy a capstone, practicum or other degree requirement.


Application & Awardees

Contact Information

Application Deadline:
Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m.


Collaborate with faculty, peers and alumni 

Students have the opportunity to satisfy major requirements or a significant part of their coursework for self-designed majors. 

Connect with community entities

The Central Susquehanna Valley will serve as a laboratory, fostering collaborations between students and local businesses and nonprofits.

Application and awardees

Applications to be a Build Collaborative Fellow are competitive; each requires careful explanation of your project and your readiness to build it, a budget and a list of project team members. Projects must be interdisciplinary and team members must individually and collectively reflect the knowledge and skills needed to bring your project to completion. For example, a video game team might include communications, creative writing, computer science and marketing majors.

Awardees will receive up to $3,000 in funding, workspace and faculty guidance for staying on schedule. They compete with other teams for the Best Build Award. Fellows may also request academic credit for a project from their home departments.


All current Susquehanna sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to be Build Collaborative Fellows. Applicants are not restricted by major, but the proposed team project must be focused on a product or research and development, related to media, business and creativity. Fellows will meet regularly during the spring semester for a Build Collaborative Lab at time to be announced; attendance is required. 


Only one application per team should be submitted. No fewer than three students and no more than six may be on a team. Preference will be given to projects that best embrace the interdisciplinary mission and vision of The Build Collaborative. Applicants should give careful consideration to the time-intensive nature of Build Collaborative projects and whether their schedules will accommodate that project in addition to their coursework and any co-curricular obligations.

Applications to be a Build Collaborative Fellow must include:

  • A description of the proposed team project that explains how the project connects to media, business and creativity, and reflects a need the team sees in today’s job market (no more than 500 words).
  • An itemized budget for the project, including any needed products or services, noting their intended use(s).
  • A clear timeline for the project.
  • A list of team members, each members’ major(s) and/or minor(s), and the relevant skills and knowledges they possess to successfully complete this project.
  • Responses to the application questions.

Application questions (no more than 1,000 words total):

  1. What preparation and resources does your team have to begin this project?
  2. What skills and knowledge does your team hope to cultivate?
  3. What additional guidance and resources will your team need?

Application deadline: Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m.


Contact Us

The Build Collaborative

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Phone & Email

Dr. Laurence Roth,
Director of The Build Collaborative