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Proposal deadline April 2
Grad school contest: Your chance to change the world
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - If you’re a top graduate student with an idea for using technology to improve the lives of a million people, the Washington State University Graduate School has a once-in-a-lifetime scholarship opportunity for you.
One qualified WSU graduate student could win the chance to spend the summer at Singularity University (SU), an immersive and explosively fast-paced 10-week educational program led by some of the world’s most successful technology entrepreneurs.
Located in California’s Silicon Valley, SU engages exceptional graduate students and industry leaders from more than 60 countries. Its goal is to fast-forward the evolution of technologies for the benefit of humanity.
"The Singularity scholarship was more than anybody could dream of,” said Pavlo Rudenko, a doctoral student in materials science whom the Graduate School sponsored in 2011 to attend the program. "People who go to Singularity University get more successful faster.”
The program seeks students with powerful ideas and unflagging motivation to bring their ideas to life to solve global challenges. Candidates must have academic records in the top 1 percent of their class and have demonstrated entrepreneurship or leadership skills. Entry is highly competitive; Rudenko was one of 80 students selected in 2011 out of 2,200 applicants.
Proposals from interested graduate students will be accepted through April 2. Proposals must include a written PowerPoint presentation, a five-minute video presentation of your idea, and a resume that highlights your leadership experiences.
Applicants may attend any WSU campus and may be studying any field. Technology must be central to their graduate program research as well as to the idea presented in their SU proposal. The top three candidates will interview with SU representatives and with Howard Grimes, vice president of research and dean of the WSU Graduate School.
The scholarship holds a value of approximately $30,000. But for Rudenko, the value of the experience was immeasurable.
"When you aim for success, there’s very often a doubt....Can you really do it? Can you really change the world?” he said. "When you see people who have already done that, you realize that it’s been done by generally ordinary people.”
His experience at SU, he said, gave him "tremendous courage.”
For more information, including proposal submission guidelines, visit http://www.gradschool.wsu.edu/ or contact Christine Fry-Pierce at email@example.com.