Collegiate Inventors Competition


Have you invented a new technology at your university that you’re itching to share with the world? Held each year since 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition serves as a national platform for showcasing students’ emerging ideas and new technologies. Over $100,000 in prizes are available, which includes cash for the top three entries in each division as well as prizes for advisers of winning teams.

Teams are restricted to four students, with at least one being a full-time U.S. or Canadian university student. Qualifying inventions must have real-life applicability, with evidence that that they have been used in practice. Applications for the 2014 competition have just opened and are due June 15, 2014.

NIBIB Undergraduate Biomedical Design Challenge

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The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is taking entries for its Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, which is open to student teams working on innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. Some areas of interest include diagnostics, therapeutics, technologies for underserved populations, point-of-care systems, precision and preventive medicine, and disability technologies.

Winners of the 2014 challenge will be eligible for up to $45,000 in cash prizes, which includes $20,000 for the first place team. The submission period for this year ends May 29, and winners are announced in August and presented with their awards at the annual meeting for the Biomedical Engineering Society in October.

NASA X-Hab Competition is Open for 2015

deep_spaceThe Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge, or X-Hab competition, is sponsored by NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation and gives undergraduate engineers a chance to design, manufacture, assemble, and test concepts that could potentially be used in deep space habitats.

X-Hab is now taking applications for the 2015 competition, and the deadline is April 30. Student teams must submit a plan for the design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of prototype systems that enable habitation and spacewalking capabilities for extended deep space missions on NASA’s Orion spacecraft. Orion is designed to carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, including missions to an asteroid and Mars.

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Better Buildings Competition Winners Announced


The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the winners of the third annual Better Buildings Case Competition, which challenges collegiate teams to present to industry leaders unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of homes and commercial buildings. The winning student teams included Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California – Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, University of California – Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT.

So far, teams over the years have present over 100 energy efficiency solutions to more than 60 businesses, organizations, agencies and governments, according to National Journal.

AAAS Student Essay Competition

AAAS logo3Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science and Human Rights Coalition essay contest, which encourages students to find the connections between human rights and science, engineering, and health professions. Students may write an analytical or critical paper on any topic that is at the intersection of science, technology, and human rights. Winners will receive a year of AAAS membership and a one-year subscription to Science. Essays will also be considered for AAAS’s quarterly publication, Professional Ethics Report.

The contest is open to students of all disciplines, but those in science, social science, health, engineering, and mathematics programs are especially encouraged to participate. Read more about the judging criteria and essay requirements here, and remember to submit your essay no later than midnight on May 30, 2014.