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Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition
June 21, 2019

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country.

Description
Applicants submit their inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy, which could be reimagined and improved through invention. The prize categories are:

- The "Cure it!" Lemelson-MIT Student Prize rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve healthcare.
- The "Drive it!" Lemelson-MIT Student Prize rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve transportation.
- The "Eat it!" Lemelson-MIT Student Prize rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve food and agriculture.
- The "Use it!" Lemelson-MIT Student Prize rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve consumer devices. "Use it!" submissions are for technology-based, tangible consumer products where the end user is a retail customer who would purchase the product for use in their daily life.

Winning Criteria
Applicants will be evaluated by category-specific screening groups and a prestigious national jury on a range of criteria including:

- Portfolio of inventiveness for (graduate students) and single-specific inventions (undergraduate teams)
- Potential adoption and/ or commercialization of inventions, to help boost the economy
- Ability and experience to be a role model for youth
- Ability to articulate a systems design approach to the invention process
- Supporting letters

No criterion is considered paramount. Judges are asked to take a holistic view of each candidate with respect to the goals of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
Prize
Winners receive:
- $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 2017