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.



Learning With the Stars: Automating Image and Transit Classification to Create a Student-Centered Exoplanet Transit Analysis Interface

Quinn Perian | Perian Homeschool, CO

An Intelligent Tutoring System To Predict Learning Styles

Kate Pearce | Bentonville High School, AR

An Ultra-Low Cost, Brain-Controlled Transhumeral Prosthesis Operated via a Novel EEG/Gesture-Based Approach

Benjamin Choi | The Potomac School, VA

Artificial Somatosensory System for Soft Robotics

Austin Richie | Fallston High School, MD

A Novel Multi-Functional Smart Wildlife Warning Sign (SWWS) to Protect, Track, and Conserve Wildlife

Alan Ma | Jesuit High School, OR

Project Mashiro: Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Using Inertial Sensor Fusion and Computational DSP

Pranav Sehgal and Tim Solberg | Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering, OR

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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