Based at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
, the Lemelson-MIT
was established by the late independent inventor Jerome Lemelson
and his wife, Dorothy, in 1994. An initiative of The
, the Lemelson-MIT Program presents inspiring
inventor/innovator role models through outreach activities, courses,
and annual awards, including the world's largest for inventionthe
$500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The Progam's mission is to encourage
young people to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology
and celebrate leaders in these fields.
The Lemelson-MIT Awards for Invention and Innovation
The annual Lemelson-MIT Awards recognize extraordinary American
inventor-innovators, from a broad range of scientific and technical
disciplines, who represent achievement at the professional and student
The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize
is the world's largest single
award for invention and innovation. It is presented to an outstanding
professional inventor-innovator each April.
The Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award
honors an inventor-innovator
for remarkable career-long contributions to American invention.
It is presented each April.
The $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
is given to an MIT
senior or graduate student who exhibits exceptional inventiveness.
The award is presented each February.
, up to $10,000 each, are awarded annually
to high school teamscomposed of a teacher, students, and a mentor
from industryformed for the purpose of inventing something of value
for their schools or communites. The goal of the grant program is to raise
the confidence level of the young people with respect to the innovative
contributions they can make.
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