SISCA in Review
Caltech's Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) prize program was etablished by Dow to recognize and reward students for their innovation and research aimed at finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.
The program started at Caltech in 2012, and ran through 2017. While active, SISCA was open to currently enrolled Caltech graduate students and teams with at least one Caltech graduate student team member.
SISCA applicants had to explain what global challenge their project or research aimed to solve sustainably and how it related to the selection criteria, inclusive of how it tied into advancing Dow’s Sustainability Goals. Entrants went on to participate in a celebratory poster session, where the winners were announced.
Winning projects and research featured analysis from multiple disciplines and reflected a commitment to deliver breakthrough solutions for global challenges such as food (security, waste reduction, nutrition access), energy (efficiency and conservation), water (security, conservation, efficiency), climate change, nature and social issues.
- Potential for solving world challenges in alignment with the spirit of Dow's 2025 Sustainability Goals
- Interdisciplinary nature of work: An ideal SISCA winning project features interdisciplinary work with implications of the work extending beyond the student’s primary discipline or area of study.
- Innovative thinking and excellence in research or project implementation