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RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE &
THE SEYMOUR FOX MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, INC.
are pleased to announce

The Seymour Fox Lecture & Prize for Biotechnology Innovation
In 2014 in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS),
Rensselaer partnered with the Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation to establish The Seymour Fox Lecture and
Prize for Biotechnology Innovation. We recognize that the next generation of students will develop new and
innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. Rensselaer has world class biotechnology
faculty researchers in a state-of-the-art facility who will mentor the prize winners. This competition is a great
way to turn inspiration into accomplishment!

ELIGIBILITY
Students from public high schools in Albany and Rensselaer counties are invited to compete for prizes to be
awarded at Rensselaer in the Spring of 2016. Applicants must be 16 by July 1, 2106.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Seymour Fox Lecture and Prize for Biotechnology Innovation is a local high school academic competition
focused on pairing innovative ideas of local students with the resources available at Rensselaer’s CBIS, to
improve life through biotechnology. Applicants are asked to identify a concrete problem that has a feasible
solution, through innovative application of the biotechnology recourses available at Rensselaer’s CBIS facility.
Successful submissions must be related to the research interests of at least one CBIS faculty member,
(http://biotech.rpi.edu/research) and be feasible to develop a prototype at CBIS during one academic year.

PRIZES
First Prize:
 $3,000 to student
 $2,000 to the school for
unrestricted science and
technology support

 Second Prize
 $1,500 to student
 $1,500 to the school for
unrestricted science and
technology support

 Third Prize
 $1,000 to student
 $1,000 to the school for
unrestricted science and
technology support

Winners will be mentored by Rensselaer faculty and utilize CBIS research facilities as they develop the ideas
and prototypes that will improve life through innovative application of biotechnology. Faculty time and
facilities will be allocated by CBIS. Judges will be selected by Rensselaer and the Judges’ decisions will be final.

GET STARTED TODAY!
1. Review the CBIS website (http://biotech.rpi.edu/research) to familiarize yourself with the research interests
of the CBIS faculty. Identify a problem related to the research interests of at least one CBIS faculty member
2. Develop a solution which is feasible to develop, to the prototype stage, at CBIS during one academic year.
3. Use the Fox Prize application form which was distributed to your school guidance office or science
department to apply. You must complete the official application form in order to qualify.
4. Submit application with: three reference letters from teachers; an essay describing the idea and its significance
for the improvement of the world; and a proposed research and development plan. (max 2000 words).

IMPORTANT DEADLINE & SUBMISSION INFORMATION
The deadline for submission of materials is 5:00 pm, February 1, 2016. Email Submission forms and
recommendation letters to FOXPRIZE@RPI.EDU. Award decisions will be announced on or about April 18,
2016. An award event and distinguished lecture will be scheduled to showcase the winners and the program’s
accomplishments. For more information, please contact Deborah Chesky at 518-276-6494 or cheskd@rpi.edu
THE SEYMOUR FOX MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, INC.
Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment.
See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

One word changes everything…
Why not change the world?


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