Lemelson-MIT Student Prize 2017


Entries are currently ongoing for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize . The prize is designed for undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy; healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, or consumer devices. Four types of prizes will be awarded; “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, “Drive it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, “Eat it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize and “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The closing date of application is 29 September 2017.

Award Value
Each winner will receive benefits as follow:

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

Level and Area of Studies
College or university level in any subject.

Place of Study
In the United States of America.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Be a full-time, matriculated, degree-seeking student in the Spring semester of 2018 at a U.S. college or university. Postdocs, audit students, and alumni are not eligible.
  • Undergraduate Team Prize: Be an undergraduate student-founded and led team of two – five students with the majority of team members being undergraduate students. All team members must be actively enrolled at a U.S. college or university. Individual undergraduate students cannot apply without a team. The student completing the application should be one of the undergraduate co-founders/leaders. Undergraduate teams apply to one prize category with a tested prototype of their single invention.
  • Individual Graduate Prize: Individual graduate students must have tested prototypes of at least two inventions to be eligible for the competition. Graduate students choose a primary invention from their portfolio and apply to the prize category that best matches the field/industry of their primary invention. Their second and additional (more than two, if applicable) inventions do not need to be in the same field as the primary invention. There is no Graduate Team prize.
  • Serve as an inspiration to young people through creativity, outreach or mentoring activities.
  • Be a named inventor on all inventions entered into the competition.
  • Consider environmental sustainability as an important factor in their inventive work.

Applicants’ Nationality
The United States citizens are welcome to apply.

Application Instruction
Please download and complete the application form at the website and application link below.

Submission Deadline
29 September 2017.

Website and Application Link

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