MDP studentts Giron & Vogel win Acara awards, MPA Hayes & MPP Muckey Acara Finalists

Every year, the Acara Challenge shines a spotlight on University of Minnesota students with ideas that could change the world. This year’s winners are no exception.

In its seventh year, the annual venture competition is open to students of any major from all U of M campuses, and projects may be in any state of development. This year’s top prize winners, announced on March 1, included two Master of Development Practice student winners and two Humphrey students among the six Finalists.

Graduate Division

Silver Winner: La Sante Naturelle: In a developing country where the lack of food and money is the problem, moringa oleifera, or the Miracle Tree, might be the answer. Isaac Giron, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Masters of Development Practice 2018

Bronze Winner: Wings of the Night depletes mosquito-borne transmission rates utilizing natural predation from bats while empowering the local community by providing education and reducing financial burdens. Tyler Vogel, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Master of Development Practice 2019.

Among the six Finalists were HHH students Molly Hayes and Erik Muckey.

Creating Beneficial Nonprofit-Private Partnerships in the Twin Cities: Each year, Twin Cities nonprofits prepare thousands of low-income people for careers in private industry. Until now, this expertise has remained largely uncompensated. Until now. Molly Hayes, MPA 2018

The Lost & Found Association strives to end suicide for young adults in the United States with an innovative blend of research and capacity building. Erik Muckey, Dual Master of Public Policy /Master of Business Administration 2020

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