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Spelman Pioneer Award in Research Competition

The HHMI Program has instituted an annual research competition.  Interdisciplinary student teams of 3-5 members are invited to develop a solution to a scientific or biomedical problem posed by corporate partners or a problem that is put forward by the team. 

A Faculty Leader will be assigned to each team.  The Faculty Leader will serve as a liaison to the sponsoring corporation and will monitor the teams’ progress over the course of the competition. Teams will be required to meet regularly with their faculty leaders and submit progress reports twice in the fall and twice in the spring, prior to Research Day in April.  Teams solutions will be evaluated by an external committee on Research Day.  The winning team will be announced at the Research Day closing ceremony with a monetary prize accompanying the award to be distributed among the team members.

The project and award amount for the 2014-2015 academic year will be announced by September 1, 2014;
and all teams must be registered for the competition by September 15, 2014.