MIT Biotechnology Group

Student invention prize due Sep 27

The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for the most inventive college students to compete for the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, a national invention competition that recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students with a tested prototype of one invention.


The competition is open to full-time, degree-seeking students (as of the spring semester of 2020) with technology-based inventions in healthcarefood/water or agriculturetransportation or mobility, and consumer devices. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required.

Winners in each category receive:

  • $15k to each winning graduate student
  • $10k to each winning undergraduate team
  • National media campaign
  • Exposure to investment and business communities
  • An award celebration in June 2020

Applications are due by Friday, September 27, 2019. Students should review our Application Info Packet for complete details about the application process and requirements, and if you have questions, feel free to contact Awards Program Administrator Janell Ciemiecki at or 617-258-5798.


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