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Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition
April 01, 2021

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 2020.

While we are no longer offering the Student Prize, the impact past winners have had on the world with their inventions is immeasurable. We applaud their work, and will be celebrating all winners as part of a Student Prize retrospective that will include written materials, short videos, and a documentary film featuring a few of the winners along with their invention journeys.

All 2021 Student Prize applicants must be full-time, matriculated, degree-seeking students in the fall semester of 2020 at any U.S. college or university. Postdocs, audit students, and alumni are not eligible.

An individual graduate student must have at least two inventions with tested prototypes. Graduate students should choose a primary invention from their portfolio and apply to the prize category that best fits their primary invention. Their second and any additional (if applicable) inventions do not need to be in the same category as the primary invention. There is no graduate student team prize.

Selection Process
The 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize features a two-part online application process, the Initial Application and the Category Application, using the SurveyMonkey Apply applicant portal. All applicants need to create a SurveyMonkey Apply account by clicking the “Apply Now” button below. Repeat applicants do not need to create a new SurveyMonkey Apply account and can login to the account that they previously created on the platform.

Applicants will be judged on the overall inventiveness of their work, the potential for commercialization/adoption of the invention(s), the systems and design thinking approach applied to the development of the invention(s), youth mentoring and leadership experience, and faculty recommendations. Category-specific screening committees review applications to select finalists and a prestigious national jury selects winners. Details appear below.

How to Apply & Prize Categories:
The Initial Application is a rolling application with a final deadline of September 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If applicants meet all eligibility and Initial Application criteria, they will be invited to submit the Category Application within two weeks of submitting the Initial Application. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials BEFORE the September deadline.

All eligible applicants who meet the Initial Application criteria will be invited via email to complete the Category Application. All Category Application materials, including the faculty recommendation letter, must be received no later than October 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

A small number of graduate and undergraduate team applicants will be notified by December 17, 2020 if they are advanced as finalists in each category. If selected as a finalist, applicants are required to submit additional materials due by January 13, 2021. Winners will be notified in late February 2021 and a public announcement will occur in late April 2021.