Introduced in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized, rewarded, and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world.

The Collegiate Inventors 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.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is a national competition that recognizes and rewards innovations, discoveries, and research by college and university students and their faculty advisors.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition encourages students who actively pursue invention.

Students frequently come from science, engineering, mathematics, and technology studies but creative invention can emerge from any course of study.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition also recognizes the working relationship between a student and his or her advisor.

The program was introduced in 1990 and is operated by Invent Now.

Sponsors of the Collegiate Inventors Competition are the Abbott Fund, the Kauffman Foundation, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Collegiate Inventors CompetitionIf you’ve invented something that has a good chance of impacting the world, check out the Collegiate Inventors Competition for 2012.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition has a 21 year history of honoring inventions through the program. So why not see if your idea is up to the challenge!

Prizes are awarded to the top three entries in each division and advisors of winning entries receive cash prizes as well.

Here’s what you need to compete in the Collegiate Inventors Competition:

  • an application with general student information
  • an essay including a brief description or abstract of the invention
  • information on the faculty advisor
  • a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor
  • a literature/patent search and summary
  • any relevant supporting or supplemental materials you wish to submit

If your invention is chosen among the best, the Collegiate Inventors Competition will bring you to the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington to present your idea to a panel of some of the most important and influential inventors and invention experts in the nation.

Last year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition judging panels included National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Jim WestDon KeckTed HoffMorton MowerAl Langer, and Tom Fogarty.

You’ll also meet other top young inventors from around the country, have your idea showcased on a national stage, and compete for over $100,000 in prizes including a $15,000 top prize for Graduate students and $12,500 for Undergraduate students. 

The 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition deadline for entry is June 15, 2012.

Visit www.Invent.org/Collegiate/Overview.org for all the details and entry forms.


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