Congratulations to our 2013 Winner - Eduardo Torrealba
Awarding outstanding innovation and invention
The $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize, administered by the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering, is awarded on an annual basis to the most innovative students passionate about solving grand challenges and striving to be entrepreneurial.
First Place - $30,000
Second Place - $5,000
Third Place - $2,500
All students are eligible to compete for the award regardless of college, department, or major. Students must be enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the academic year in which the award will be presented.
- Answers to the following questions:
- What do you believe makes you the most innovative student? (500 words or less)
How are you applying your innovativeness to solve important problems? (250 words or less)
Please describe your entrepreneurial experiences or future plans. (250 words or less)
If you win the Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize, how would this help you? (125 words or less)
What makes you the best candidate for the Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize? (125 words or less)
- Resume (2 page maximum)
- List of 2 references that we may contact and 2 sentences describing why you chose each reference
Up to three supplementary materials
- :90 or less video
- Pictures or diagrams (2 pages each or less)
Interested students may apply by completing the application form, which can be accessed under the “Apply” tab on this site. Once applications are submitted, a panel of campus-wide alumni and faculty members representing a spectrum of diverse areas of expertise in engineering, science, entrepreneurship, intellectual property protection and other applicable fields will choose a select group of finalists to be interviewed. The panel will then select the winner from that group of finalists.
This award is offered in partnership with the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a non-profit organization that recognizes outstanding inventors, encourages sustainable new solutions to real world problems and enables and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
Questions about the Application Process? Check out the Info Session Slides.