Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Program is soliciting referrals of potential undergraduate and graduate student applicants for the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The student prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy. Inventions can address opportunities in both developed and developing economies. Student applicants must be a full-time, matriculated, degree-seeking student in the Spring semester of 2016 at a U.S. college or university. Postdocs, audit students, and alumni are not eligible. Applicants should also be a named inventor on all inventions entered into the competition and should consider environmental sustainability as an important factor in their inventive work. Patents are encouraged but not required.

The winning graduate student in each of the prize categories will receive $15,000, and the winning undergraduate team in each of the prize categories will receive $10,000. Winners will also receive national media exposure, exposure to investment and business communities, and a trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2016.

The Initial Application deadline is October 13, 2015. Eligible applicants will be invited via email to submit Category Applications. All Category Applications must be received by no later than November 3, 2015.

For more information about the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, including the prize categories, eligibility criteria, and application guidelines, visit the program website at: http://lemelson.mit.edu/studentprize.

Questions should be directed to Marlena Love, Awards Program Officer, at marlenam@mit.edu.