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News Release

April 04, 2005

Students Vie for Project SOY, Recycling Awards

Innovative ideas ranging from fence posts made using feathers and recycled plastic to Jello-O made from soy are poised to emerge from University of Guelph student ingenuity.

On April 7, student teams will present projects created through their involvement in Project SOY (Soybean Opportunities for Youth), now in its ninth year, and the Guelph Creative Recycling Initiative (GCRI), which handed out awards for the first time in 2004, at an open house starting at noon. The two initiatives are coming together for a joint judging day at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre in Guelph. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

Project SOY encourages students to develop new uses and marketing strategies for Ontario soybeans. GCRI is focused on rendered products from the animal industry.

One team has chosen to enter its project in both competitions by developing insulation that uses soybeans and rendered products. Among the 11 entries in Project SOY are soy fuel, soy doughnuts, soy beer, chocolate soy graham crackers, and soy pizza dough. GCRI’s seven entries include animal bedding, sunscreen and a biodegradable polymer.

Project SOY and GCRI are open to students enrolled at the University of Guelph and its affiliated colleges at Alfred, Kemptville and Ridgetown. Students compete in two categories, undergraduate/graduate and diploma.

These programs give students an opportunity to gain practical experience, network with industry professionals, win cash prizes and potentially take their ideas to market. Within each program, cash prizes of $2,500, $1,000 and $500 will be awarded. The projects will be judged by industry representatives.

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 and U of G.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rebecca Kendall, Ext. 56982.

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