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.
Teams are chosen based on (a) innovation and creativity, (b) significance of niche/problem addressed, (c) the practical ability to develop the project, and (d) marketability and GPA.
Community Engagement projects win $1,000 for first place.These projects solve a problem within the community as a collaborative effort and benefit the members of our community.
First place community engagement
Examples of ProjectsRenewable energy generation
Environmental sustainability plans
Community engagement projects
Apps for phones/tablets/computers
Support Students ReceivePublication in journals
Graduate school applications
Filing for patents
Career building skills
Connections with industry experts
Pipelines into other programs
|Paris Prince||SPod-Biodegradable Hand Sanitizing Capsule||First Place: $1,500|
|Vassili Georgakopoulos||40s Not Feelings-Adaptive Fishing Lure||Second Place: $1,000|
|Alexandra DeCesare, Daniel Carvalho, and Robert Snyder||Drone Based Quantum Communication||Third Place: $500|
|Alexander Hintze, Esther Mitchell, Samantha Robinson, Brandon Caniff, and Matthew Maracallo||The Eswatini Foot Bridge||Community Engagement|
|Giannina Duran||Owl Parking-Campus Parking Made Easy||First Place: $1,500|
|Vassilios Georgakopoulos||Abrasion Resistant Nylon Polymer Fishing Line||Second Place: $1,000|
|Taylor Leta, Ricardo Sanatan, and Jonathan Ortiz-Collazo||Assistive Speech Enhancer||Second Place: $1,000|
|Alexis Base||Developing a Solution to Ocean Acidification||Third Place: $500|
|Alejandro Carruyo and Brenda Lozada||Furthering Student Science Education and Mentorship||Community Engagement|
View photos from the award ceremony here.
|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|
|Natalia Perez and Sydney Yu||LEAP-Learning Enrichment Activity Pals||Community Engagement|
|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.
|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|