Graduate student competition to award $10,000 prize

June 21, 2012

Penn State is participating in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards (SISCA) this year for the first time in the program’s history. Graduate students and faculty from Penn State are encouraged to join an international field of universities that are involved in the program.

Student competitors can network with leaders and peers in global sustainability, join a reputable network of SISCA alumni, display their work with various external sustainability media and receive monetary prizes. Each finalist will receive a $1,000 stipend toward the development of a final entry. The overall winner of the competition will win $10,000 and the runner-up will win $2,500.

Self-nominations are encouraged, as they help to form teams, track teams and find judges. To nominate yourself or another person for the competition, fill out the online form at

The program will close at the end of the fall semester in December. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

-- Sept. 21, 2012 - Entry submissions due

-- Sept. 22-30, 2012 - Judging

-- Oct. 1, 2012 - Five finalists announced

-- Dec. 1, 2012 - Panel review

-- Date TBA - Awards presentation

An information session regarding the details of the event and entrance into the competition was held at the HUB Robeson Center on April 30. For more information and to access the Adobe Connect recording of the information session, please visit

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Last Updated June 28, 2012