INQUIRE. DISCOVER. ENLIGHTEN.

October 2018

Again, on behalf of MIT INSPIRE, we would like to thank all of those who made this competition possible: from students, to mentors, to judges. We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout the past year, and we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to honor your impressive work.
 

Below are the MIT INSPIRE 2018 award recipients. Please note that due to the virtual nature of this year’s competition, awards were structured differently than in years past. If you have not received communications regarding your submission, please reach out to Emma Lennon (elennon@mit.edu) directly. We commend all participants -- the selection process was arduous, as we received hundreds of high quality submissions. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you again to all of you for your dedication to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry.
 

Best of luck in future endeavors!

Mx. Emma Lennon

Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant

 

Top Overall Winners

 

Best in Competition - $10K award

(and Best in Category: Economics)

Gender, Competition, and Cultural Influence: Evidence from the Game of Chess
Jacob Furfine
Homeschool

Wilmette, IL
 

Best in Competition First Runner-Up - $5K award

(and Best in Category: Philosophy)

The Duty to Vote
David Oks
The Masters School

Dobbs Ferry, NY
 

Most Original - $2.5K award

(and Best in Category: Science, Technology, and Society)

Using Computer Vision To Aid Conservation Biologists

Manoj Sarathy
Sammamish High School

Bellevue, WA

 

Best in Category - $1K awards

 

Best in Category: Anthropology

Neoliberal Connectivity: The Digital Culture of Mukbang

Sofia Woo

Lowell High School

San Francisco, CA
 

Best in Category: Art and Architecture

A Novel Drone-based Tool using Generative Adversarial Networks to Stereoscopically Reconstruct Ancient Greco-Roman Architecture
Srinidhi Krishnamurthy
Yashasvi Bolisetty
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Vienna, VA
 

Best in Category: Cultural Studies

Hope and Success: What Do They Mean to Migrant Children from Rural China?
Noah Cox
Durham Academy

Durham, NC
 

Best in Category: Comparative Media Studies

Effectively Predicting Social Media Behavior Using Multivariate Machine-Learning Data Analysis and Regression Modelling
Angus Jyu
Monta Vista High School

Cupertino, CA
 

Best in Category: History

An Analysis of the Effects of Nanking Massacre Revisionism on 21st Century Japanese Conservatism
William Cheng
Waterford School

Sandy, UT
 

Best in Category: Linguistics

Improving Twitter Sentiment Analysis for Businesses Using Customized Machine Learning Language Model
Angela Lin
Seattle Preparatory School

Seattle, WA
 

Best in Category: Literature

In Cold Blood: A Psychoanalytic Reading and its Implications
Ritik Goyal
Westwood High School

Austin, TX
 

Best in Category: Music Research

Studying the Progression of Early Jazz Style Quantitatively Using Convolutional Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning
Aidan Dunlap
Bronx High School of Science

Bronx, NY
 

Best in Category: Political Science

Keeping Them Honest: The Effect of Follow-Up Questions in Deterring Political Dodging
David Goldstein
Roslyn High School

Roslyn Heights, NY
 

Best in Category: Women’s and Gender Studies

Description & Predictors of Companion Information Seeking during Surgical Consultations for Breast Cancer: Mixed-Method Analysis

Julia Zaborowsky

Byram Hill High School

Armonk, NY

 

Top Finalists - $500
 

Cultural Studies

Earthquakes and Education: Analyzing the Effects of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami on Academic Performance in Japan

Ally Nakamura

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Vienna, VA
 

History

China’s First Feminist: A Candid Exposition of Qiu Jin’s Life and Her Role in the Women’s Liberation Movement

Pranav Advaithi Mulgund

Sewickley Academy

Sewickley, PA
 

Science, Technology, and Society

SAVEor: Designing an Effective and Accessible Mobile Intervention for Sustainable Recovery of Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating

Grace Pan

North Oconee High School

Bogart, GA
 

A Novel Method for Diagnosing PTSD

Andrew Lee

Bronx High School of Science

Bronx, NY

 

 

September 2018

 

Dear MIT INSPIRE Applicants,

 

Over the course of the next few days, you should be receiving emails with judging decisions regarding your submissions. Thank you for your patience; our judges have enjoyed reading and evaluating your research, and we're looking forward to announcing the Finalists shortly.

Sincerely,

Mx. Emma Lennon, Project Manager for MIT INSPIRE 2018
Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant, Associate Dean and Director, Student Leadership and Engagement Programs

 

 

August 2018
 

Dear MIT INSPIRE Applicants,
 

Thank you all for your patience as our judging panel has been working diligently to evaluate your submissions. This year's pool of participants was particularly competitive, and all students should be proud of the hard work and intellectual rigor demonstrated in your projects. At this point, we have notified each participant of their application status, and finalists will be announced by the end of August. Finalists' work will then be personally evaluated by Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Agustin Rayo. All participants will be notified of the results virtually by October 1, 2018 (please check the MIT INSPIRE website for updates), and winners will receive prizes via mail.

Again, thank you for your continued enthusiasm for MIT INSPIRE. We are inspired by your dedication to the humanities in STEM, and we hope all participants continue the passionate pursuit of intellectual inquiry and exploration well beyond this competition.

 

Sincerely,

Mx. Emma Lennon, Project Manager for MIT INSPIRE 2018

Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant, Associate Dean and Director, Student Leadership and Engagement Programs

 

 

May 2018

 

Dear MIT INSPIRE Applicants,

 

MIT INSPIRE was started in 2015 with a mission: to encourage young people to seek innovative solutions to global problems through rigorous inquiry in the humanities, arts, and social science fields. Since then, the competition has seen the best of interdisciplinary intellectual inquiry and has worked to promote independent research among the brightest young minds.

 

MIT INSPIRE is also unique in that it has been wholly student-run for the entirety of its existence. MIT takes pride in encouraging its students to be independent and innovative problem-solvers. Because our students are kept very busy with the rigors of their academic curriculum alone, however, an extracurricular project such as this can and did become overwhelming. Nonetheless, we wish to honor our students’ original commitment to MIT INSPIRE 2018 by evaluating all submissions and recognizing the exceptional ones.

 

We have been working diligently with faculty and staff in MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences to assemble an expert judging panel equipped to evaluate your submissions. Over the next few months, judges will assess submissions on established criteria, and finalists' work will be personally evaluated by Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Agustin Rayo. All participants will be notified of the results virtually by October 1, 2018 (please check the MIT INSPIRE website for updates), and winners will receive prizes via mail.

 

We believe in the importance of research, collaboration, and problem-solving in changing the world for the better. Recognizing the amount of effort that has been dedicated to these projects—from students, to families, to teachers and administrators—we are determined to celebrate your achievements. We apologize for the disappointment many of you have experienced over the past few months. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process, and for believing in MIT INSPIRE and its mission in promoting the pursuit of knowledge.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mx. Emma Lennon, Project Manager for MIT INSPIRE 2018

Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant, Associate Dean & Director, Student Leadership & Engagement Programs

 

 

 
 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2017 WINNERS & FINALISTS!

 

 
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