2018 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Program, a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating invention and inspiring youth, is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Student Prize. The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize seeks to serve as a catalyst for burgeoning inventors at all schools across the country and honors promising collegiate inventors. Applications are due by September 29, 2017.

The category-based invention competition is open annually to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students nationwide. The categories are:

  • “Cure it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve healthcare
  • “Drive it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve transportation
  • “Eat it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve food/water and agriculture
  • “Use it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve consumer devices

Graduate student winners receive $15,000 each and winning undergraduate teams receive $10,000 each, along with a national media campaign, exposure to investment and business communities, and a trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2018.

Recent Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners have been awarded for inventions that include an open-source smart add-on system for wheelchairs, a device that converts text to braille in real time, a small mid-air-deployable folding electric drone, a solar-powered desalination system for off-grid water production in developing countries, a new design method for a low-cost, high-performance prosthetic foot, contact-printed nano-membrane tranducers for improved sound production, innovative biomaterials-based strategies to combat autoimmune disease, a device that provides real-time health analysis for pig farmers, and a novel protein therapeutic that fights superbug bacterial infections.

For more information on the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize and how to apply, visit Lemelson.MIT.edu/StudentPrize or contact Janell Ciemiecki, Awards Program Administrator, at janellc@mit.edu

Opportunity Type: 

  • Competition
Each DMSE grad is presented with a bronze medallion, in the shape of the MIT seal. The medallions are cast by a team of student volunteers who work in the DMSE Foundry.