Applications for the 2018-19 competition are now closed. Check back here next fall!

THINK is a science, research, and innovation competition for high school students.

Rather than requiring students to have completed a research project before applying, THINK caters to students who have done extensive research on the background of a potential research project and are looking for additional guidance in the early stages of their project. The program is organized by a group of undergraduates at MIT.


Selected finalists are invited to a four-day all-expenses paid trip to MIT's campus, where they meet professors in their field of research, tour labs, attend MIT's xFair, and hang out with members of the THINK team! Finalists also have weekly mentorship meetings with THINK team members for technical guidance, helpful resources, and updates on the projects progress and are given up to $1,000 in funding for their project.



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 $1,000 budget, almost anything is fair game! A good proposal has an insightful idea, clearly defined goals, and a well thought-out procedure for implementation.

For complete information on how to apply, please download and read the full guidelines.


You can apply through our website. Click here to apply.
The application is due at 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2019.
Unfortunately, no. Additional pages can only contain references, cover pages, and figures.
No, they do not. However, please be mindful of how long your proposal is including these things.
Please create separate accounts, fill in the application information individually, and submit the same proposal at the end.
Unfortunately, no. We only accept applications from high school students living in the United States.
The THINK team judges these applications.
Winners will be posted on our website in mid-January. They will also be contacted by email.
We don't send confirmation emails. If your application was received, a green checkmark will show up upon submission. If you are still unsure about whether your application was received, you may email us.
Please send them to think [at] mit [dot] edu.


From Pixel to Paragraph: A Deep Artwork Paragraph Generator

Audrey Cui | Monta Vista High School, CA

SwimSafe: A Revolutionary All in One Pool Technology System

Leila Idrissi | Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, NY

A Novel Device for the Inexpensive Automation of Manual Wheelchairs

Ferhan Jemal | Annandale High School, VA

Point-of-Care Biomonitor of Isoprostane Levels in Neurodegenerative Disease Patients

Youssef Kallel | Corona del Mar High School, CA

A Preventative Technological Solution to the Formation of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Rohan Sanda | Tamalpais High School, CA

Combating Nicotine Addiction Using Smartwatch-Derived Biometrics and Privacy-Preserving Distributed Machine Learning

Brandon Wang | Plano West Sr High School, TX

See a full list of THINK winners from 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.



Interested in sponsoring THINK?
Please contact us at think [at] mit [dot] edu.