Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Discovery Challenge Research Symposium!
- Matthew Bruss – An in vivo metric of autophagic flux to improve cancer treatment
- David Kiefer – Herbal medicine use: A comparison between two research sites
- Kaitlin Mitchell – Extracellular matrix mannan in Candida albicans biofilms contributes to antifungal resistance
- Harisha Rajanala – Biochemical characterization of bacterial actins
The Discovery Challenge is a competition for young scientists at UW–Madison who are pursuing original research with the potential for real-world impact. The goal of the Discovery Challenge is to jump-start the realization of promising research by providing emerging researchers with both an opportunity to identify collaborators from across the campus and to compete for funding to advance their projects through collaboration.
The first step involves participation in a campus-wide research symposium that will bring together graduate students and postdocs in the sciences, engineering, arts, humanities and beyond to present their existing work and participate in an open exchange of ideas with a view to identifying potential cross-disciplinary collaborators.
The second step is a research competition for small grants to actually carry out these collaborations with the goal of advancing each party's research projects.
Step 1: Research symposium
A total of four cash prizes of $500 each were awarded at the research symposium on May 20, 2013. Posters were judged by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty, students and UW–Madison and WARF staff according to the following criteria:
- How well the presentation describes the project and the need for collaboration to advance its goals
- The potential of the project to lead to significant advances in the field and/or significant impact on society
- Innovation and creativity
Step 2: Mini-grant competition
All presenters and symposium participants are eligible to participate in a competition for a $5,000 research mini-grant. Eligibility for the competition requires presenters to work with collaborators outside their own discipline. Teams will submit a brief grant proposal describing an original research idea. Up to three proposals will be selected to receive as much as $5,000 in grant money to fund work on the grant project. Winners of the Discovery Challenge will have the opportunity to present their work at the 2014 Discovery Challenge Symposium.
For more information
|May 20, 2013||–||Discovery Challenge Research Symposium|
|September 10, 2013||–||Due date for mini-grant competition proposals|