MIT THINK Scholars Program 2018-19

MIT THINK Scholars Program 2019-20

A nationwide educational initiative from MIT that empowers students to turn their ideas into a reality. The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students.

THINK’s vision is to make science and technology research and development accessible to all motivated high school students. The program is run by a team of undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations.

THINK is annual science research and innovation competition for high school students. The program is open to all high school students residing in the United States. Students apply to the program by submitting a proposal for any novel science, technology, or engineering idea.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: $7000
  • Number of Awards: 6 finalists and 3 winners
  • Study Level: Full-time high school student
  • Requirement: Submit Proposal
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: Check back here fall on November 1, 2019. Applications will close on January 1, 2020.
  • Winner Announcement: 15-Jan. 2020

Who May Enter:

  • You must be a full-time high school student attending a public, private, or home school at the time of your application.
  • You must be a U.S. resident during the 2018–2019 school year.
  • One submission per applicant
  • One or two students per project

Application Procedure:

Applying for the THINK Scholars Program is a simple process:

  • Register: create an account using your email address and some basic information.
  • Find a team: You can work alone, or work with a partner. Application Deadline Jan. 1, 2019 Finalist Decisions Mid-Jan. 2019 Finalists’ Trip to MIT Feb. 2019 Expected Completion of Projects June 2019
  • Submit your proposal: upload a document describing your idea, goals, and implementation procedure. The paper should be in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced (1.5 not allowed), 1-inch margins, and no more than 10 pages

Proposal Overview

Your submission should be approximately 10 pages long and contain the following components:

  • Title/Cover Page
  • Abstract: Brief introduction to the target problem and your idea.
  • Idea/Problem: What’s the problem you’re trying to solve? Why is it important?
  • Plan/Approach: How will you go about building/developing your idea?
  • Timeline: Table of milestones breaking your project down into bite-size goals.
  • Budget: How will you utilize THINK’s funding?
  • Personal Reflection: What inspired you to pursue this idea? What are your passions?

Required Documents:

  • THINK project proposals are science, technology, and engineering ideas that span many fields, from green technologies and practical devices to software applications. As long as it can be completed in one semester with a $1000 budget, almost anything is fair game! A good proposal has an insightful idea, clearly defined goals, and a well thought-out procedure for implementation.
  • Students are expected to submit a proposal (of no more than 10 pages) before the application deadline detailing the problem they are attempting to solve, how their idea/system combats the target problem, developmental procedure, a timetable of milestones, and budget allocation (see the guidelines section below for a full description).
  • Rather than requiring students to have completed a research project before applying, THINK instead caters to students who have done extensive research on the background of a potential research project and are looking for additional guidance in the early stages of their project.

Award Description:

  • Selected finalists are invited to a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to MIT’s campus where they meet professors in their field of research, tour labs, attend MIT’s xFair, and hang out with members of the THINK team!
  • Finalists also have weekly mentorship meetings with THINK team members for technical guidance, helpful resources, and updates on the project’s progress and are given up to $1000 in funding for their project.
  • Finalists receive:
  • All expenses paid a trip to MIT that includes: – Attendance to XFair (MIT’s spring tech symposium) – Personalized tours of MIT laboratories – Networking opportunities with MIT professors and XFair companies
  • Up to $1000 to build their projects
  • Project mentorship from MIT students
  • Winners receive: Scholarship money – $500 for Grand Prize Winner – $300 for Second Place – $200 for Third Place
  • They will also select several Honorable Mentions to recognize outstanding proposals submitted to the program that were not selected as finalists.

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