[Cs-contests] FW: Announcing U.S. EPA's 2014 TRI University Challenge

Sclaroff, Stan sclaroff at bu.edu
Thu Feb 6 12:20:49 EST 2014

From: <Scott>, Zachary <Scott.Zachary at epa.gov<mailto:Scott.Zachary at epa.gov>>
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM
To: Stanley Sclaroff <sclaroff at bu.edu<mailto:sclaroff at bu.edu>>
Subject: Announcing U.S. EPA's 2014 TRI University Challenge



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program is excited to announce that the application period for the 2014 TRI University Challenge<http://www.epa.gov/tri/university>is now open!

The TRI program publishes data on the disposal or other releases for over 650 toxic chemicals from thousands of U.S. facilities and information about how facilities manage those chemicals through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. One of TRI's primary purposes is to inform communities about toxic chemical releases to our environment.

Through the 2014 TRI University Challenge, EPA is challenging the academic community to find innovative ways to use TRI data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities, manufacturers, and government. Both students and professors are eligible to submit project ideas ranging from one semester to multi-year research or coursework as long as the projects increase the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data and other related information.  In reviewing proposals, EPA intends to place priority on projects that feature the use of Data Visualizations and Analytics.

Institutions whose project proposals are selected will serve as 2014 TRI University Challenge partners. Partners will receive direct non-monetary support from EPA TRI staff experts, and, depending on the outcome of their project, may receive national recognition for their project as well as speaking opportunities at conferences and events. Applicants who are not prepared to submit project ideas this spring are encouraged to submit project proposals during the next open application period.

Sample project ideas and evaluation criteria are posted on the 2014 TRI University Challenge website: www.epa.gov/tri/university/<http://www.epa.gov/tri/university/>.

Informational Webinar
Join us for a webinar on February 13 at 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more about the Challenge and ask questions about getting involved.  Register at:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/818935810.  For those that can’t attend the webinar, a recording will be posted on the 2014 TRI University Challenge website.

Application Deadline
EPA will be accepting 2014 TRI University Challenge applications between February 5 and March 21, 2014. Award applications must be submitted electronically to Scott.Zachary at epa.gov<mailto:Scott.Zachary at epa.gov> by midnight on March 21, 2014, to be considered. Applicants will be contacted regarding their application status by May 23, 2014.

For questions not answered during the webinar, please contact Zachary Scott at Scott.Zachary at epa.gov<mailto:Scott.Zachary at epa.gov>.


The TRI University Team
Office of Environmental Information
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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