Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition
April 01, 2020
The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching nationwide for undergraduate teams and
individual graduate students who have developed technology-based inventions in
healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture, and consumer
devices. Graduate students win $15,000 in recognition of their portfolio of inventions,
and undergraduate teams win $10,000 for their invention. In addition, winners will be
included in a national media campaign, and receive exposure to investment and
business communities, and a trip to MIT for an award celebration (EurekaFest) in June
The competition is open to teams (2-5 people) of undergraduate students
with one invention, and individual graduate students with two or more inventions.
Applicants must be full-time, matriculated, degree-seeking students in the spring
semester of 2020 at any U.S. college or university. Postdocs, audit students, and alumni
are not eligible. Applicants must have a tested prototype of their invention(s). Patents
are encouraged but not required.
How to Apply & Prize Categories:
The Initial Application must be completed online by
September 27, 2019. All eligible applicants who meet the Initial Application criteria will
be invited to complete the Category Application, which is due October 18, 2019. The
Student Prize categories are: 1) “Cure it!” for inventions that involve healthcare, 2)
“Eat it!” for inventions that involve food/water or agriculture, 3) “Move it!” for
inventions that involve transportation or mobility, and 4) “Use it!” for inventions that
involve consumer devices – defined as tangible consumer products where the end
users are retail customers who would purchase the product for use in their daily life.
Submitted technology-based inventions must fit into one of the Student Prize
categories. For graduate students, only your primary invention must fit into one of the
categories. If you are unsure about which category to apply to, contact Janell Ciemiecki,
Awards Program Administrator, at email@example.com.