Represent the original idea and work of a student or team of no more than four students with mentorship from a university advisor.
Be submitted by students who meet our full-time eligibility requirement.
Individual entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in any U.S. college or university for at least part of the 12-month period prior to entry.
Teams must include at least one member who meets this requirement, and all remaining members must be enrolled at least part-time at some point during the 12-month period prior to entry.
Be complete, workable and well-articulated.
For example, there must be evidence the invention has been reduced to practice.
Prove capable of being reproduced.
Be submitted in English.
Entries must not have been:
Made available to the public as a commercial product or process.
Described in detail in any publication more than one year prior to entry.
Issued a patent more than one year prior to entry, aside from rare exceptions that may be made for recent improvements.