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Proton U app wins second place for statewide award, makes shortlist for another

November 10, 2015 9:14 AM
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Pictured (from left to right): Leah Frye (designer), Natalie Stephenson (Graphic Design instructor), Tim Webster (designer), Emily Holland (designer), Michele Linteris (designer), Matheus Menezes (Spanish translator), Pedro Faria (Spanish translator)

Flagler College’s Proton U app, created by recent graduates to help kids undergoing proton therapy cancer treatment, took home second place at the Florida Campus Compact (FLCC) awards gala last week for its contributions to its local community. The 2015 Florida Campus Compact Campus Community Partnership Award recognizes partnerships that have demonstrated a commitment to a community while enhancing students’ education.

“I truly believe this was a mutually beneficial experience for our students and the (University of Florida Health) Proton Therapy Institute,” Graphic Design Instructor Natalie Stephenson said. “So to have that work recognized by Florida Campus Compact is wonderful.”

From fall of last year through this spring, students in Stephenson’s Interactive Design course designed and developed, with the help of a Microsoft developer, the app as a learning tool for children embarking on weeks of cancer treatment.

For a full listing of FLCC award winners, visit here.

In addition to the FLCC award, Proton U made the shortlist for an Interaction Design award by the Interaction Design Association in the “Empowering” category, for “helping people to do things they otherwise couldn’t do.” Winners will be announced during the association’s conference in March of next year, in Helsinki, Finland.

To learn more about the app, check out a recent feature article in Flagler Magazine or view the video below.