The National Science Foundation is challenging students enrolled in community colleges to propose innovative science-, technology-, engineering-, and mathematics-based solutions to real-world problems. Ten finalists will reach professional coaching and cash prizes.

The competition is designed to engage the more than 40 percent of U.S. undergraduates who are enrolled at community colleges. Teams of students will work with a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner to identify a solution in one of the following themes: big data, infrastructure security, sustainability, broadening participation in science, and improving science education.

“Engaging the talents of these students is a priority for us,” said Susan Singer, who leads NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education. “Through this competition we would expect to not only identify innovators but also to see new ways for students, faculty, community and industry to work together.”

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