BERKELEY -- Three UC Berkeley graduate students have received a total of $12,500 in Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards in recognition of their research projects that addressed significant global concerns.

Mozziyar Etemadi and Kayvan Keshari, who worked as a team, received the $10,000 grand prize for developing a method of harvesting biofuel from algae using fiber optics, which saves energy and space. Caroline Delaire received a $2,500 runner-up award for her study about the decontamination of waterborne pathogens and arsenic from water, focusing on the West Bengal area of India.

The program recognizes students from 17 universities around the world for research that address environmental, social and economic challenges. More information is available by by visiting www.dow.com/sustainability/studentchallenge.