2 Events with Incredible Prizes

Money and goodies: two of the best reasons to participate in a competition!! There are lots of great competitions out there, but the news of these competitions rarely reaches its  target audience. That’s why we’ve decided to locate and list some of the best that also offer some of the coolest prizes.

Whether it’s a world-class adventure or just a pile of cash that you are after, these competitions have got you covered!

The 2011-2012 International Student Design Competition for a Sustainable Laboratory in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Field: Technology & Engineering; Architecture
Open to: Bachelor, Master
Deadline:  1 May 2012
Prize Offered:
1st Prize: $14,000
Are you an architecture and/or engineering student? If so, then you are invited to participate in an International Student Competition to find the best design for the new  Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center (MREC) . The MREC will be located in Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve, a National Park unit on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Participants in the design competition are encouraged to provide new and innovative thinking for the MREC design, to produce the most energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs possible.  Students must creatively pursue the highest level of energy and environmental sustainability through the integration of design and engineering strategies that take into account the operation and maintenance of the laboratory facility and the campus. Students should view their submissions as concepts that will incentivize the use of their strategies throughout the Caribbean basin.
Field: Medical
Open to: Bachelor, Master, PHD, Non Student
Deadline:  4 October 2013
Prize Offered:
1st Place: $7,500,000
2nd Place:$2,500,000
3rd Place: $1,000,000

Scientists know that a map of our genome holds boundless potential, ranging from identifying our susceptibility to disease to discovering cures for cancer. But since 1953, when James Watson and Francis Crick concluded that DNA contained the “stuff of life,” only a handful of human genomes have been mapped. In fact, it still takes many months and millions of dollars to sequence a single genome. Understanding our genomes may help delay or even prevent disease. For those suffering from genetic illnesses, personal genetic information can determine which medicines will drive their disease into remission without negative side-effects.

The Archon Genomics X PRIZE challenges scientists and engineers to create better, cheaper and faster ways to sequence genomes. The knowledge gained by compiling and comparing a library of human genomes will create a new era of preventive and personalized medicine — and transform medical care from reactive to proactive. The X PRIZE Foundation and scientists the world over dream of the day when we fully understand the human genetic blueprint — enabling us to make informed decisions about our own health and create a brighter future for generations to come.
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