Honors College Students Win Hult Prize at Rutgers Competition

By Donel Young
Photo of Hult Prize Winners

The Hult Prize has been called “The Nobel Prize for Students.” Last year, Rutgers' own Roshni Rides won the $1 million global Hult Prize! This year's Hult Prize at Rutgers competition was won by SULIS—Honors College students Yuki Osumi ('20/SAS), Sarah Pomeranz ('20/RBS), and Anurag Modak ('20/SAS), with Arye Mendelow (‘18/SOE–behind Anurag), all pictured beginning third from left.

Students were challenged this year to create social enterprise business models that "harness the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025." The Hult at Rutgers competition, which took place Friday, December 8, awarded $1,000 to the first-place team and advancement to regional finals.

The SULIS team said, "We are so incredibly grateful to our many advisers for helping SULIS in all its success. This journey has been so incredible and we are ecstatic to represent Rutgers at the next level of the Hult Prize competition.”

SULIS is a social innovation device that directly harnesses sunlight to generate sterilized water, which can be used to address the multifaceted needs of communities in the developing world without access to clean water, as well as of communities in the developed world affected by natural disasters. SULIS is in the process of refining and iterating their product design to ensure that it is energy-efficient, affordable, sustainable, and effective at eliminating pathogens.

The Hult Competition regional finals take place next March.

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