2walla, if you're talking about circulation control: that would be AWESOME to get to do. However, it's not really worth it on an aircraft of this size....even though it's something all of us have been drooling over since our first fluid mechanics course.
About getting something simple off of the shelf, that's not an option. This competition is being run as a Senior Design class at Virginia Tech. The aircraft has to be designed and built from scratch for it to count as an accredited design class and allow us to graduate.
I'll definitely have to point these guys to Dub Jett. Getting a tweaked engine might just be the best way of doing this.