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AWRI receives grant from NSF Innovation Corps Program
Date: July 3, 2013
reposted with permission from the AWRI Newsletter
AWRI Masters student Syndell Parks and Dr. Ryan Thum, along with Dr. Linda Chamberlain, were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps). The I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broaden the impact of their NSF-funded basic-research projects.
Parks, Thum, and Chamberlain participated in the intense 8 week program, which included two trips to New York City in April and May, to evaluate the potential to translate basic research from Thum’s lab on native, invasive, hybrid, and herbicide resistant watermilfoils into commercial genetic identification services with environmental, social, and economic benefits.
“The sheer amount of work and dedication required for the course threw me completely off guard, but I have learned more than I thought possible in such a short period of time,” said Syndell Parks of her I-Corps experience. Indeed, the team members learned a great deal about translating research into commercial products that serve societal needs.