Two CALS projects are finalists for national Ag Innovation Prize. Vote your support!

Two projects by CALS students are among the 30 that made it to the final round of the Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances competition, a national contest to encourage students to develop multi-disciplinary, entrepreneurial projects and business plans that can help address the challenges facing 21st-century agriculture.

Support the CALS finalists by voting for them in the Audience Choice Prize competition on Facebook. The winner earns a $15,000 award. 

Team members: Chris Johnson and Mary Pitassi, graduate students in bacteriology.
Brief project description: They are engineering a probiotic bacterium that can help combat vitamin A deficiency, a major problem in developing countries. Read more on Facebook.

Team members: Lin Lu and Yi-Cheng Wang, grad students in biological systems engineering; Kristin Runge and Leona Yi-Fan Su, grad students in Life Sciences Communication; and Wesley Lee, who recently earned an MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business.
Brief project description: MoniTag is a low-cost nanotechnology-based food sensor designed to reduce post-harvest waste through spoilage. Read more on Facebook.

Remember to vote! Here’s the link to the Audience Choice Prize competition.