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Innovation Challenge: Tracking Coronavirus

Across the world, the rush to discover a vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has brought together scientists at hospitals and research labs in an unprecedented manner. The global scientific community has proven, once more, that true science is not bound by nationality or geography.

At the New York Academy of Sciences, we are firmly committed to pursuing our mission of advancing scientific research, education, and policy during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Today, we want to bring together bright minds across institutions of higher education to work on the Innovation Challenge: Tracking Coronavirus.

Despite severe coronavirus outbreaks in the last 20 years research in this area has been slow. Now SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has hit hard, exposing the lack of global and local preparedness for pandemics. COVID-19 infections and deaths have far surpassed those of SARS and MERS combined, and one of the biggest issues scientists now face is how to accurately predict the next disease hotspots.

We are inviting students 18 and over who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral degrees to design—either alone or with a team—a surveillance network to better understand the current pandemic and forecast future coronavirus outbreaks.

Solutions for this challenge are due by June 19. After a first round evaluation, ten finalists will be selected to present their solutions during a virtual "Pitch Day" to our judging panel in July. This event will be open to the Academy member network, including hiring managers from select corporate partners.

We hope to see participation from the University of Colorado at Boulder community!

Melissa Victor
Manager, Membership Business Development
The New York Academy of Sciences