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 technology-based inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture, and consumer devices.

Applicants submit their inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy, which could be reimagined and improved through invention. The prize categories are:

The “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
“Cure it!” rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve healthcare.

The “Eat it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
"Eat it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve food/water or agriculture.

The “Move it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
"Move it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve transportation or mobility.

The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
"Use it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve consumer devices – defined as tangible consumer products where the end users are retail customers who would purchase the product for use in their daily life.

Winners receive:

  • $15,000 to the winning graduate student in each of the prize categories
  • $10,000 to the winning undergraduate team in each of the prize categories
  • National media campaign and exposure to investment and business communities
  • A trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2020 

Applications are due September 27, 2019. Visit http://lemelson.mit.edu/studentprize for the application packet.