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.