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Campus Bulletin

October 22, 2004

Project SOY, Guelph Recycling Initiative hold orientation

The Guelph Creative Recycling Initiative (GCRI) and Project SOY (Soybean Opportunities for Youth) invite U of G diploma, undergraduate and graduate students to develop new products, uses or marketing strategies for soybeans or rendered products. Joined with a faculty mentor, students can work individually or in groups towards the project showcase held in the spring, where industry professionals will judge projects.

An orientation session will be held Oct. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 128 of the Food Science Building to give interested students the opportunity to ask questions and listen to brief presentations from the GCRI and Project SOY co-ordinators, past participants, faculty mentors and industry sponsors. Refreshments will be served.

“Every year, the students bring projects forward that never cease to impress me,” says Owen Roberts, director of research communications. “I am looking forward to this year’s competition with much enthusiasm.”

The annual contests offer prizes of $2,500, $1,000 and $500 for first, second and third places respectively.

“We were very impressed by the response in the first year of the Guelph Creative Recycling Initiative,” says Scott Henry, product development specialist at Rothsay, a livestock rendering company and founding sponsor of GCRI.. “We were overwhelmed by the quality of the projects and presentations last year, and are really excited about the potential of participation for this year.”

Project SOY and GCRI have seen many interesting entries from students of all disciplines. Past winners include biodegradable soy-based food packaging, soy liqueur, feather fibre speaker cones and plastics made from glycerine.

Project SOY is sponsored by First Line Seeds, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Maple Leaf Foods International, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and the Ontario Soybean Growers. GCRI is sponsored by Rothsay.

For information on Project SOY, call Alicia Roberts at Ext. 56638. For information on GCRI, call Beth Kent at the same extension.

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