Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition

Deadline: December 31, 2013

Undergraduate and graduate students worldwide are invited to enter the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition. Today’s young inventors are tomorrow’s technological and entrepreneurial leaders. The Lemelson-MIT Program expanded its prestigious Collegiate Student Prize program to the National Collegiate Student Prize Competition. The prize competition is supported by The Lemelson Foundation and is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students.

Applicants can submit their inventions in the following two inaugural categories that represent significant sectors of the economy:

  1. The “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: “Cure it!” will reward students working on technology-based inventions that can improve healthcare.
  2. The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: “Use it!”will reward students working on technology-based inventions that can improve consumer devices and tools.

Inventions can address opportunities in both developed and developing economies.

Prizes

Winners receive:

  • $15,000 to the winning graduate student in each of the two prize categories
  • $10,000 to the winning undergraduate team in each of the two prize categories
  • A national media campaign and exposure to investment and business communities
  • A trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2014

Eligibility

The Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition is open to teams of inventive undergraduates and individual graduate students. Applicants submit their inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy, which could be reimagined and improved through invention.

Student applicants must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated student in the Spring semester of 2014
  • Be an undergraduate student-founded and led team from the same university (if applying to the undergraduate prize). Individual undergraduate students cannot apply without a team.
  • Serve as an inspiration to young people through creativity, outreach or mentoring activities.
  • Own the Intellectual Property of all inventions entered into the competition.
  • Consider environmental sustainability as an important factor in their inventive work.

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