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Stamps Students Receive Optimize Social Innovation Challenge Awards


Two teams with Stamps students have won the University’s Optimize Social Innovation Challenge Award. Sponsored by LSA, the award encourages students across the university to use innovative thinking and creativity to address a range of social issues. 

Stamps students Beatriz and Virginia Lozano’s winning project, Leesta, is a phonetic play on the Spanish colloquial term lista”, meaning smart or intelligent female. The project, designed for a young female audience, is an online database highlighting the accomplishments of women of color. Winning teams received $5,000 to further their entrepreneurial projects.

Also on a winning team was Stamps student Sidney Krandall, concentrating in product design. Sidney’s team, ADAPT, is looking to design simple, everyday products like umbrellas that are adaptable for wheelchair users. ADAPT was selected as a crowd favorite and received an additional $1,000.

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