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March 5, 2007

Students can win $25K for solving society's challenges using IT

CITRIS--the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society--is accepting proposals for its second annual White Paper competition, which will give away $25K in cash prizes for the best ideas that demonstrate the ability of IT to address a major societal challenge. The IT for Society contest is open to students from all four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Davis.

For more information, go to the contest web site. Read about last year's winners at

Deadline: All submissions are due at 5 p.m. April 23. Late entries will not be accepted. All entries should be submitted electronically to in HTML, Word, or PDF.

Length: White papers should be 5-10 pages in length, not including appendices.

Prize: Cash prizes will be allocated as follows: first place: $10,000; second place: $5,000; third place: $3,000; honorable mention: $2,000; best paper on IT applications for rural America: $5,000. Prizes will only be awarded if there are high-quality submissions. The cash can be used as scholarships or to support the proposed project or idea (e.g., research, travel, workshops, miscellaneous expenses).

Eligibility: At least one member of the team must be an undergraduate or graduate student from one of the four CITRIS campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, or Merced. Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged but not required.

Decisions of the Judges: Decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal.

Faculty Adviser: Winners who intend to use the money to support their proposed idea or project will be required to have a faculty adviser. This is not required at the time of submission.

Required Information: The following information is required (which does not count against the 5-10 page limit): (1) names and brief bios of team members, including major and student status (e.g. undergrad, grad); (2) contact information for primary contact; (3) whether or not you consent to public online dissemination of your white paper; and (4) one or two paragraphs on what your team would do with the money.

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