Our group took part in the first Discovery Grant competition of Stony brook university and proceeded to be one of the four finalists. The other finalists were Laurie T. Krug (Discovery Prize Winner), Emre Salman and Gabor Balazsi.
The final took place on 11 December in New York City. Professor Eden Figueroa presented a TED-like talk about our research in front of a audience and four judges: Peter Agre, MD; Robert Shelton, PhD; James H. Simons,PhD; and, Esther Takeuchi, PhD.
Even though we didn't receive the grand prize of $200 000 we a grant of $50 000.
This event also allowed us to dress up.