• Aug. 26th - Welcome Reception • Aug. 27th - Career Fair • Aug. 27–28th - Professional Conference • Aug. 29th - Short Courses • Aug. 29th - Tours
RAPRA and the Society of Plastics Engineers have teamed to present the RAPid Impact competition which promotes the mentoring and development of students and post doctoral scholars in the polymer field. Students - undergrads, post grads, PhD, and postdoctoral scholars -- are invited to team with a Principal Investigator (P.I.) to enter RAPid Impact. Participating in RAPid Impact will hone the skills necessary to communicate to the untrained science mind; ultimately a tool to accelerate the commercialization of their products.
RAPid Impact is an opportunity to build your business skills and gain exposure to polymer industry leaders. Winners will receive cash prize: 1st place $5,000; 2nd place $1,000; and 3rd place $500. The 1st place winner will also be the guest of RAPRA at the Global Polymer Innovation EXPO including coverage of up to $1,000 of related travel expenses.
January 23 - May 31, 2012: Click here to register. Registration is open during this time and video submissions may be uploaded. Before May 31, 2012, submit an original video no longer than 3 minutes long that communicates your innovation and its commercial aspects.
February - March, 2012: Watch for e-mail announcements for the 'Pitch Your Science' webinar series. These are optional but should prove valuable to enhancing your videos.
June 1- July 13, 2012: RAPRA and SPE will judge the video submissions. Judging will be based on: Content 10%; Creativity 10%; Originality 10%; Execution 35%; and Effect 35%.
August 1, 2012: Winners will be announced on or about August 1, 2012. Potential winners will be contacted via the e-mail address provided. See rules for eligibility and prize verification requirements.
August 26-29, 2012: RAPRA invites the top 3 winners to attend the Global Polymer Innovation EXPO in Columbus, Ohio for the award ceremony. Live presentation opportunity to conference attendees and videos featured on website.
Who Should Apply:
Students attending accredited universities throughout the United States can participate in RAPid Impact.