The Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition

Applications for the competition are being accepted now through December 31, 2013 at http://web.mit.edu/invent/studentprize.

The competition is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students nationwide who have inventions in two categories:

  • “Cure it!” for students with inventions that can improve healthcare
  • “Use it!” for students with inventions that can improve consumer devices and tools

Winners will receive:

  • $15,000 to the winning graduate student in each category
  • $10,000 to the winning undergraduate team in each category
  • A national media campaign
  • Exposure to the investment and business communities
  • A trip to MIT for an awards celebration in June 2014

Profiles

  • Implantable Sensors

    Rebecca Wachs has invented a new implantable sensor with the ability to wirelessly transmit data.

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  • Brighter, Smarter, & More Efficient LEDs

    Ming Ma has developed a new method to manufacture LEDs that are brighter, more energy efficient, and have superior technical properties.

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  • More Resilient Buildings & Bridges

    Navid Attary has created a seismic protection device to boost the resiliency of bridges and buildings to earthquakes.

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  • Safer Detection of Hazardous Gases

    Fazel Yavari has developed a new sensor that opens the door to a new generation of gas detectors for use by bomb squads, defense and law enforcement officials.

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  • Jumpstarting Tissue Regeneration

    Christopher Rivet's innovation could be an important new tool in preventing paralysis resulting from spinal cord trauma, cancer, diabetes, or a host of other diseases.

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  • Smarter and Greener Power Systems

    Zepu Wang has developed a new advanced material to coat electrical components and allow the transmission of higher voltages across national power infrastructures.

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  • Safer Detections of Bombs

    Benjamin Clough has developed a novel method for extending the distance from which powerful terahertz technology can remotely detect hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous materials.

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  • Better Breast Cancer Screening

    Sevan Goenezen has developed aninexpensive new method for using ultrasound and advanced algorithms to differentiate between benign and malignant tumors with a high degree of accuracy.

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  • Ultrasound Data Transmission

    Tristan Lawry has demonstrated a new system that uses ultrasound to simultaneously transmit large quantities of data and power wirelessly through thick metal walls, like the hulls of ships & submarines.

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List of Past Winners and Finalists

  • Ming Ma
    2013 Winner

  • Navid Attary
    2013 Finalist

  • Rebecca Wachs
    2013 Finalist

  • Fazel Yavari
    2012 Winner

  • Christopher Rivet
    2012 Finalist

  • Zepu Wang
    2012 Finalist

  • Benjamin Clough
    2011 Winner

  • Sevan Goenezen
    2011 Finalist

  • Tristan Lawry
    2011 Finalist

  • Javad Rafiee
    2010 Winner

  • Casey Hoffman
    2010 Finalist

  • Jiuru Xu
    2010 Finalist

  • Yuehua "Tony" Yu
    2009 Winner

  • Mei-Ling Kuo
    2009 Finalist

  • Ranganath Teki
    2009 Finalist

  • Martin Schubert
    2008 Winner

  • Weixiao Huang
    2008 Finalist

  • Paul Morrow
    2008 Finalist

  • Gang Wang
    2008 Finalist

  • Brian Schulkin
    2007 Winner

  • Eben Bayer
    2007 Finalist

  • Ludovico Dell'Acqua
    2007 Finalist

  • Greg Ten Eyck
    2007 Finalist