Found Animals Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to reducing the euthanasia of pets in shelters, will present a $15,000 award for the best proposed approach for permanent contraception of dogs and cats.
The Michelson Graduate Student Challenge, an initiative for graduate students across the United States, will base the award on the following categories: gene silencing, innovative application of an engineering/materials science and development of an innovative depot formulation for lifetime delivery of contraceptive compounds. The challenge is part of an innovative experiment in solving the problem of shelter euthanasia.
“By offering graduate students this type of incentive, we are giving them a chance to apply what they have learned throughout their education to a major issue that is in dire need of a solution,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director of Found Animals. “Through the Michelson Graduate Student Challenge, we are encouraging the best and the brightest young scientific minds to take up the challenge- the more people working on this, the better.”
In order to be eligible for the Michelson Graduate Student Challenge, applicants must be enrolled in the 2011-2012 academic year in an accredited graduate school in the United States in a scientific, engineering, materials science, or related discipline. For more information go to www.michelson.foundanimals.org/graduate-student-challenge.