College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Collegiate Inventors Competition

Sponsor: Collegiate Inventors Competition  |  Application Deadline: June 5, 2017

Scholarship URL: http://collegiateinventors.org/enter-the-competition/


Scholarship Description

  • Introduced in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has rewarded and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world. The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future.

JUDGING

  • The committee of judges represents the fields of mathematics, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, information technology, and medicine.  
  • Entries are judged on the originality and inventiveness of the new idea, process, or technology. The entry must be complete, workable, and well articulated. Entries are also judged on their potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on the scope of use. The judges' decisions are final.

AWARDS

  • Each year up to 15 finalists receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC to present their work to a panel of expert judges.
  • One Undergraduate and one Graduate winner or team each receive $15,000.  One Grand Prize winner or team receives $25,000.  Academic advisors of each winning team also receive a cash award.

SPONSORS

Sponsors of the Collegiate Inventors Competition are the Abbott Fund and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The Competition is operated by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Represent the original idea and work of a student or team of no more than four students with mentorship from a university advisor.
  • Be submitted by students who meet our full-time eligibility requirement: 
    • Individual entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in any U.S. college or university for at least part of the 12-month period prior to entry.
    • Teams must include at least one member who meets this requirement, and all remaining members must be enrolled at least part-time at some point during the 12-month period prior to entry
  • Be complete, workable and well-articulate
  • Prove capable of being reproduced.
  • Be submitted in English


Application Information

KEEP YOUR WRITING CLEAR, AND REMEMBER IT’S ESSENTIAL TO ARTICULATE WHAT YOUR INVENTION IS AND WHY IT IS AN INVENTION.

The judges are interested in learning exactly what you are contributing to the ideas and technology in your field. Once you’ve completed your submission, consider asking a colleague to read it and evaluate its clarity.

You might consider asking someone who is not yet familiar with your work to review your submission as well. Also, keep in mind spelling and grammatical errors will affect how your entry is judged.


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