“These students are doing just the kind of work that is so important for the future of our environment,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “These projects will introduce students and educators to solutions that protect health and the environment while spurring economic development.”
The University of Arkansas team received $15,000 for their project, “Biosensor design for infectious, water-borne agents,” which they are developing to operate without electricity or equipment, for use by people with limited training.
This funding represents the first phase of the P3 program, wherein student teams in universities across the country received initial grants to begin development of their innovative, sustainable projects. The teams will present the results of their efforts later this year, when they will compete for P3 Phase II funding of up to $75,000 to further develop their projects, allowing them to potentially bring their innovations to market.