Missouri grad students win NASA prize

COLUMBIA, MO (AP) - A pair of University of Missouri graduate students have won a $20,000 prize from NASA for designing an innovative surgical device they hope to commercialize.

The recipients are second-year business student Xandra Sifuentes and mechanical engineering doctoral student Brad Snow.

Sifuentes and Snow won the federal space agency's Earth/Space Engineering Innovation award at a recent Rice University competition in Houston.

The award honors student innovations that can be used in both the NASA space program and in the landlocked business world.

Snow and Sifuentes designed a laparoscopic medical device and plan to use the prize money to develop a prototype and launch a business.

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