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Lemelson program seeks applicants for $30,000 student prize

The Lemelson-MIT Program is seeking applicants for its annual $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for inventiveness. All currently enrolled MIT seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for the prize, regardless of major or area of study.

The application deadline is 4pm on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

"We're looking for students who demonstrate a remarkable track record of inventing," said program officer Michael McNally. "Whether you've designed a new technology or product, developed an innovative scientific process or conceived a novel research approach, we'd like to see your application."

Last year's winner was Amy Smith, a mechanical engineering graduate student who invented a screenless hammermill for grinding grain, a nonelectrical laboratory incubator and various other devices with appropriate technologies for use in developing countries. Ms. Smith, along with her team, was also a finalist in the MIT 50K competition.

Students interested in applying for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize should complete the one-page application and attach the following: a description (no more than 500 words) of their inventiveness while at MIT, two letters of recommendation and a current resume or CV. Supporting photos or diagrams may also be included with the application, which can be downloaded from the Lemelson-MIT Program's web site, the Invention Dimension. Students can also request an application by contacting Mr. McNally at x3-3352 or

The winner will be announced at the Faculty Club on the morning of February 15.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 13, 2000.

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