Laker Effect Challenge opens for submissions

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Teams with ideas to make lasting community change are encouraged to submit entries before March 2.
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The winter semester Laker Effect Challenge is underway, and teams with ideas to make lasting community change are encouraged to submit entries.

Submissions from students, faculty and staff members must include a community partner; the deadline to enter the competition is March 2.

In December, a Kirkhof College of Nursing team won the fall semester Laker Effect Challenge and $3,000 to support "Moms to Moms Breastfeeding Support," a project to increase awareness and education of breastfeeding among area African American communities. Two other teams each won $1,000, and a poster team earned $500.

Online voting for winter semester project submissions runs March 5-14, projects can be viewed online at gvsu.edu/challenge. Seven projects with the most votes will be invited to give five-minute presentations on April 12 at the Eberhard Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Judges will award a total of $5,000 to either one team or several winning teams; the winning poster will receive $500. Details about the competition timeline are online at gvsu.edu/challenge.