Applications are closed for THINK 2022.

THINK is a science, research, and innovation program 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 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. Additionally, if permitting, finalists are invited to a four-day all-expenses paid trip to MIT's campus, where they tour labs, present their research to MIT students and faculty, and hang out with members of the THINK team.



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 and an example finalist proposal, please download and read the full guidelines.



Combatting Diabetic Neuropathy Using Machine Learning Based Analysis of Dynamic Pupillometry

William Hong | Brentwood High School, TN

Deployment of Autonomous Micro-Drone Swarms to Save Lives through Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Destroyed Buildings in Post-Disaster Response

Thomas Deng and Nicholas Dixon | Upper Dublin High School, PA

Multipurpose Inexpensive Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Device for Rapid Diagnosis of Osteoporosis

Ojas Gupta | Lynbrook High School

An Open-Source, Modular Food Packaging Robot Using Food-Safe Three-Dimensional Printing and Computer Numerical Control for Disaster Relief

Joseph Marchand | Lafayette High School, MO

Here Will Not Come the Sun: A Low Cost Institutional Sunscreen Detection System

Cael Magner | Notre Dame High School, CA

A Novel Chitosan-Bioactive Glass Coated Kresling Origami Lumbar Disc Replacement

Xinyi Zhang and Jessica Zheng | South Brunswick High School, NJ, and MMI Preparatory School, PA

See a full list of THINK winners from 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.


You can apply through our website. Click here to apply.
The application is due at 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2021.
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.
Luckily, much of our program was virtual to begin with, so the main components of the program are not impacted by COVID-19. The main thing impacted is the trip to MIT, which we will do situation permitting.
Please send them to think [at] mit [dot] edu.


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