Scientific Research

W&M competition sparks great ideas

Last Thursday afternoon the audience at the packed Commonwealth Auditorium at the College of William and Mary, where the Student Research Shark Tank competition took place, was primed for an exciting experience.

Seven teams of super-talented students were pitching their policy-relevant international research proposals, competing for up to $20,000 in funding.

A panel of distinguished judges included Amb. Thomas Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs: Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist of NASA; Alena Stern, Senior Program Manager of AidData at the college; and and Thomas Bennedetti, Co-Founder and partner at Blue Heron Capital. They listened to the...