Collegiate Inventors Competition (ID 1347)
- Start Date:
- What To Do:
Download the official entry form.
The entry form must be completed and assembled along with the required information.
Hard copies must be mailed to the Collegiate Inventors Competition. E-mails or faxes will not be accepted.
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The entry must be the original idea and work product of a student or team of students with his or her university advisor and must not have been (1) made available to the public as a commercial product or process, (2) described in extensive detail in a publication more than one year prior to the date of submission, or (3) issued a patent more than one year prior to the date of submission. On rare occassions exceptions may be made to allow the submission of significant recent improvements to matter patented or published more than one year prior to submission of the application. The entry submitted must be written in English.
The invention, a reduced-to-practice idea or working prototype, must be the work of a student or team of students with his or her university advisor. If it is a machine, it must be operable. If it is a chemical, it must be complete with evidence of successful application of the idea. If it is a new plant, color photographs or slides must be included in the submission. If a new or original ornamental design for an article of manufacture is submitted, the entire design must be included in the application. In addition, the invention should be capable of being reproduced.
- Invent Now Collegiate Inventors Competition
- 3701 Highland Park NW
- North Canton
- Toll Free:
- 1 (800) 968-4332
- Contact Notes:
•Call 800.968.4332, option 5
•Or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application must include:
Student Essay, including supplementary material
Statement of Student Enrollment Status
Student/Advisor Release Form
- Special Criteria:
- TIPS FOR PREPARING ENTRIES
The following suggestions may help you in preparing your entry. Although these things will not guarantee a winner, they are traits consistently found in past winning applications:
•TYPED with pages numbered and fastened together (not permanently bound).
•CLEAR and to the point. What is your invention? It is important to articulate what the invention is and why it is an invention. The judges want to know specifically what you are adding to the technology. After writing your submission, consider asking a colleague to read it for clarity. It may also help to have someone review it who is not familiar with your work. Spelling and grammatical errors affect how your entry is judged.
•CONCISE. The more concise the better. Avoid jargon. Superfluous materials (e.g., research papers or journal articles on unrelated subject matter) detract from a strong entry. In order to get maximum scoring points, be sure that your essay covers all requested information.
•COMPLETE. A checklist is included in the application for your convenience.
•CONVINCING. It is up to you to convince judges that your entry is the best of many high quality inventions. Although the judges are experienced researchers, they may not be familiar with your particular project or specialty. Describe your work in the most positive, comprehensible manner, understandable to a scientifically literate person (e.g., like what is published in Scientific American or Nature publications).