Five teams reach finals in Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge

October 11, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Five teams of graduate students have been selected as finalists in the Dow-sponsored Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) at Penn State. The program recognizes and rewards students and universities for innovation and research of sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.

The five team finalists are:

-- Team Cusick, “Sustainable Improvement of Drinking Water and Sanitation in African Slums Using Microbial Electrochemical Technologies and Attention to Self-efficacy within Local Communities”

-- Team Fenstermacher, “Mycoremediation: Decontaminating the Niger Delta”

-- Team Kong, “Starch-based Fibrous Articles”

-- Team Pazhani, “Designing Sustainable Closed Loop Supply Chain Networks”

-- Team Shen, “Solar Energy Based Biomimetic Water Desalination and Purification”

These teams were chosen as finalists based on criteria that included a proposal that clearly articulated a new and innovative concept; demonstrates balance of social, economic and environmental success; and has the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact.

Each team will receive a $1,000 stipend toward the development of a final entry. A panel, made up of Penn State faculty and a Dow representative, will review the final entries on Nov. 26 to determine the two winning teams, to be announced at an awards presentation at University Park in December.

The grand prize is $10,000 and a runner-up is awarded $2,500. As SISCA winners, these students will have the opportunity to network with global sustainability thought-leaders and peers, join a network of SISCA alumni and showcase their work with various external sustainability media.


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Last Updated October 16, 2012