Graduate students can win up to $10,000 in sustainability challenge

August 20, 2012

This year Penn State will be participating in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Challenge Award (SISCA). The competition recognizes graduate students and universities for innovations in the advancements of a more sustainable world.

Winners will be selected and awarded for original and holistic thinking, excellence in research, potential to make significant improvements to society, and strong interdisciplinary work. Winners will clearly communicate their concepts through processes, services, policies, technologies, products and more. Judges place importance on continued commitment and progress towards the established goal of the project.

The top team will win a monetary prize of $10,000 (a runner-up team will be awarded $2,500). Additionally, winners have the opportunity to network with SISCA alumni as well as other global sustainability leaders and peers.

To be eligible to participate in the competition, applicants must be Penn State graduate students that register with an interdisciplinary student team.

Entry submissions will be accepted online and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 21. To apply, visit

For additional information regarding the competition, contact the Center for Sustainability at 814-865-3369.

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Last Updated August 28, 2012