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The FAU Wave Competition is...

An undergraduate applied research and entrepreneurial competition challenging students to
submit and develop innovative ideas targeting societal problems.

In this competition, we provide $500 to 20 - 30 undergraduate students and/or groups to develop their innovative proposals over the Fall and Spring semesters.
Out of the chosen projects, three will win a monetary award at an end of year ceremony and poster session.

  • $1500

    First Place

  • $1000

    Second Place

  • $500

    Third place


Teams are chosen based on (a) innovation and creativity, (b) significance of niche/problem addressed, and (c) the practical ability to develop the project.

Examples of Projects

Renewable energy generation
Assistance technology/devices
Environmental sustainability plans
Biomedical research
Arts/literary research
Community-based research
Non-profit/for-profit startups
Market evaluation
Apps for phones/tablets/computers

Support Students Receive

Publication in journals
Launching start-ups
Graduate school applications
Filing for patents
Career placement
Connections with industry experts
Pipelines into other programs


2017-2018 Winners
View photos from the award ceremony here.

Name Project Title Prize
Evita Conway Developing a model for mood disorder classification using eye movements First Place: $1,500
Devin Willis Slidemap improves the accuracy of tumor cell classification and cancer diagnosis using deep learning First Place: $1,500
Vithulan Suthakaran An artificial leaf that transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen via photosynthesis Second Place: $1,000
Stephen Hoover Machine olfaction using deep learning artificial neural networks Third Place: $500
Name Project Title Prize
Vithulan Suthakaran SEA Skimmer: The Development of a Sustainable Environmental Accumulation Skimmer in Order to Extract Marine Pollution from a Variety of Geographical Locations First Place: $1,500
Alexis Base Developing an Image Recognition and Motor Control Algorithm for Pterois Volitans’ Population in South Florida Second Place: $1,000
Ben Coleman Transient-Image Density Evaluation System (TIDES) Second Place: $1,000
Pedro Flores Algorithmic Music Composition Third Place: $500
Hannah Herbst Protecting Civilians and Public Service Personnel Through an Early Identification and Warning System for Airborne Chemicals / SEIAC: A System for the Early Identification for Airborne Chemicals Third Place: $500


To download a flier of the 2016-2017 winners, click here.

Name Project Title Prize
Evan Clark Identification of the Role of SRSF1 in T Cell Activation and Functions Through the Analysis of High-Throughput Sequencing Data First Place: $1,500
Brent Marshall Automated Baseball Pitching Machine Second Place: $1,000
Jean Baptiste Dalien Automated Baseball Pitching Machine Second Place: $1,000
Weendell Esthema Automated Baseball Pitching Machine Second Place: $1,000
Jonathan Padilla Automated Baseball Pitching Machine Second Place: $1,000
Pedro Flores Using technology to build better lives – the Parking App Third Place: $500
Charles Pratt Queer Images – A Portrait of LGBT Americans Third Place: $500
Bianca Lucien ProScore & Meti Co. Poster Award Winner: $250

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