An undergraduate winner, a graduate winner, and a grand prizewinner were selected from fourteen finalist teams. Advisors for each winning team were also recognized for their contributions. The 2004 winners are:
Grand Prize Winner, $50,000
Ozgur Sahin, Harmonic cantilevers for nanoscale sensing (Nanoscale microscope), Stanford University
Graduate Winner, $25,000
Jwa-Min Nam & Shad Thaxton, Bio-bar-code amplified detection systems (Bio Barcodes), Northwestern University
Undergraduate Winner, $15,000
Wei Gu, Computerized microfluidic control for cell biology using Braille display (micro plumbing), University of Michigan
The winners, along with the other finalists, were all recognized for their groundbreaking achievements in front of an audience of educators, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, and technology leaders. All of the students had submitted their work to the Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
All fourteen finalist teams made presentations before a final panel of eight judges on October 1st and 2nd, which included representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In total, 120 entries were received for this year's competition from universities around the world. A first round of judges evaluated entries in order to select the fourteen finalists.
Don Keck, a final phase judge and an inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the invention of optical fiber, said, "You won't find a be
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