Paper, BB’s, Fruit Coating Tops at Project SOY 2013

March 21, 2013 - News Release

Soy-based paper, BB’s and fruit coating were the first-place winners in this year’s Project SOY (Soybean Opportunities for Youth) competition for University of Guelph students.

The 17th annual event, held Wednesday at the Government of Ontario building at One Stone Road, showcased a dozen projects from a total of 25 U of G students from the Guelph, Alfred, Kemptville and Ridgetown campuses.

Students won cash prizes for diploma, undergraduate and graduate projects: first place, $2,500; second, $1,000; and third, $500.

In the diploma category, Sabrina Haerle of Alfred campus won first prize for a soy-based alternative to industrial paper products.

Second prize went to Soyboard, developed by Ridgetown students Justin Maxim and Angelica Rigas. Third place went to Michelle MacConnell and Carolanne Levesque of Alfred campus for Play Soy.

Topping the undergraduate category was Bean Bullets, created by Barry Wiskel and Michaela Brown. Soy-based bullets for airsoft guns are a natural alternative to plastic BB pellets.

Second place went to Elizabeth Chan for Soy Pro Muffins. Third place was awarded to Sweetened Condensed Soy Milk, developed by Marlee Baxter, Devin Dyson, Mitra Jafari, Siham Mao and Rishab Ahluwali.

Two prizes were awarded in the graduate category. First place went to Jessica Phulchand for WaxSoy, an environmentally friendly wax film to increase shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Second prize went to Soy Dippers created by Abir Sarker, Andrew Wong and Anita Sisopha.

Project SOY is sponsored by DEKALB Brand Seeds, SOY20/20, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and the Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs.


Owen Roberts, Director, Research Communications
519-824-4120, Ext. 58278

Emma Gillespie
Project Soy student co-ordinator
519-824-4120, Ext. 52667

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338,, or Kevin Gonsalves, Ext. 56982,

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