Florida counter-terror research firm invests in education

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TAMPA Fla. – This month, Myakka Research Group, a research and development startup in Florida, awarded its second annual science scholarship and announced plans to establish a $25,000 endowment with the State College of Florida Foundation (Manatee-Sarasota) (SCFF).

Leaders from the Sarasota-based group presented the Myakka Research Group Science Scholarship at SCFF on Oct. 3 at the State College of Florida Foundation 2016 Luncheon. The $1,500 scholarship was awarded to Nick Butler, an undergraduate at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), and it will help to offset his cost of education.

MRG Science Scholarship recipient Nick Butler receives his academic achievement pin

MRG Science Scholarship recipient Nick Butler receives his academic achievement pin

“We take tremendous pride in the opportunities we have provided to State College of Florida STEM directed students, not only financially, but in gaining hands-on laboratory training experience,” said Chris Baden, CEO of Myakka Research Group. “The industry level testing data that has resulted as a by-product of the collaboration has made an unmistakable and positive impact on the
progress of our work.”

Each semester, Myakka Research Group offers internship opportunities to a handful of SCF students. The internship program offers students an opportunity to gain real-life laboratory experience and learn from the group’s team of expert researchers. Additionally, the internship program has allowed Myakka Research Group to conduct unbiased testing of scientific findings and new
products.

Myakka Research Group is already planning to grow their philanthropy efforts with the State College of Florida Foundation through the establishment of a $25,000 endowment, which would
continually provide scholarship funds to students each year.

“Myakka Research Group is providing SCF students with a great learning opportunity and platform to appreciate the value of the knowledge obtained in their academic coursework through its application in solving real world problems. It provides students a valuable experience that they carry forward to the next step of their education/career and a sense that their work can make a difference in the world”, said Dr. Jose Ors, Department Chair of Natural Science, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

For more information on Myakka Research Group, visit www.myakkaresearchgroup.com.

About Myakka Research Group
Founded in 2014, Myakka Research Group is a research and development firm headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Myakka Research Group is dedicated to the discovery and development of sophisticated, next-generation detection systems. The firm’s products are designed to equip military, law enforcement agencies and security providers with solutions for counter terrorism operations and threat interdiction.

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