Applications for the 2019-20 competition are now closed. Check back here next fall!

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.



Two-Phase Jet Impingement Cooling for Data Centers' High Power-Density Processors

Ethan Zuo | Saratoga High School, CA

An Ultrasonic Device for the Enrichment of Circulating Tumor Cells

Seo-Ho Lee | Amherst Regional High School, MA

A Self-Adapting Device that Utilizes Neuroplasticity for Rehabilitation of Stroke Victims

Brooke Dunefsky | Irvington High School, NY

EyeHear: Smart Glasses for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ishaan Sinha and Owen Caverly | Glencoe High School, OR

Electricity Generating Water Pressure Regulation Device

Joseph Jacobs | A&M Consolidated High School, TX

LLAMA-Q: A Generalized Solution to the Manipulation of Controlled Robotic Mechanisms

Akshay Jaitly and John Teague | Flower Mound High School, TX

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


You can apply through our website. Check back here for the link once the application opens!
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.
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.
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.