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Alumna gives contest prize to Binghamton

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Ariel Poser '12, a research and development associate engineer at PepsiCo in Valhalla, N.Y., won first place in the company's Chart Your Course contest with her "working across groups" idea to enhance PepsiCo's global R&D capabilities.

The prize: the chance to develop an online course for PepsiCo employees on cross-functional project management, as well as $3,000 to give to the academic institution of her choice. She chose Binghamton University. Her gift has been directed to the Binghamton Fund for greatest needs, which provides timely and flexible support for University priorities.

"Binghamton gave me so much," says Poser, who has a bachelor's degree in bioengineering. "I wanted to give back and help others have the opportunity to follow their dream."

PepsiCo received 157 contest entries from more than 20 of its R&D locations in 13 countries. According to the company, the contest empowers employees to share their ideas with the entire organization, while giving back to their communities.

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Last Updated: 6/13/14