A nationwide educational initiative that empowers students to turn their ideas into a reality.


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Welcome to THINK!

What is THINK?

THINK is an annual nationwide initiative that encourages students to share their innovative and impactful STEM projects that we fund to guide an idea of a product/system into a completed project. THINK strives to advance technological breakthroughs starting at an early age and provide a technical voice for the youth who can one day change the world. The program is organized by a group of undergraduates at MIT.

How do I apply?

Students are expected to submit a proposal (of no more than 10 pages) before the application deadline detailing the problem they are attempting to solve, how their idea/system combats the target problem, developmental procedure, a timetable of milestones, and budget allocation (see the guidelines section below for a full description).

What are the benefits?

Chosen finalists are invited on an all-expenses paid trip to the MIT campus, where they meet professors in their field of interest, tour labs, get to know the THINK team, and the members who will become their project mentors. Throughout the development of the project, THINK mentors meet with finalists on a weekly basis for technical guidance, helpful resources, and updates on the project's progress.


THINK project proposals are science, technology, and engineering ideas that span many fields, from green technologies and practical devices to software applications. As long as it can be completed in one semester with a $1000 budget, almost anything is fair game! A good proposal has an insightful idea, clearly defined goals, and a well thought-out procedure for implementation.

Proposal Overview

Your submission should be approximately 10 pages long and contain the following components:

  • Title/Cover Page
  • Abstract: Brief introduction to the target problem and your idea.
  • Problem: What's the problem you're trying to solve? Why is it important?
  • Approach: How will you go about building/developing your idea?
  • Timeline: Table of milestones breaking your project down into bite-size goals.
  • Budget: How will you utilize THINK's funding?
  • Personal Reflection: What inspired you to pursue this idea? What are your passions?

What We're Looking For

Your proposal will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Impact: How interesting and relevant is the problem you’re trying to solve?
  • Innovation: How original or creative is your proposed solution?
  • Clarity: How clear are your goals and timeline?
  • Feasibility: Can your stated goals be accomplished within time, cost, and resource constraints?

Before applying, make sure to read through the full guidelines here: Complete Guidelines for 2017-18 Program

  1. Early Fall 2017
    THINK applications open. Students complete applications and upload their project proposals to be evaluated.
  2. January 1, 2018
    Application Deadline. No more applications will be accepted after this date.
  3. Mid January 2018
    Finalists announced and notified of trip to MIT.
  4. February 2018
    Finalists visit MIT, tour the campus, meet professors in their field, and hang out with the THINK committee!
  5. March - June 2018
    THINK mentors work with finalists to complete their projects.
  6. June 2018
    Expected completion of all finalists' projects.

See full list of THINK 2017 winners, and winners from 2016 and 2015.



If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to email us at think@mit.edu .