May 12, 2014
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of MIT INSPIRE! - the world’s first national research competition for academic study in the arts, humanities, and social science fields.
You’re probably thinking, “But wait… aren’t you at the Massachusetts Institute of TECHNOLOGY?!?” You're right! Our university is well known for innovation and ingenuity in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, from the insanely complex to the pure awesome.
But, the scope of research at the Institute doesn’t stop there.
MIT also views the humanities, arts, and social science fields as essential - both for educating great engineers, scientists, and citizens, and for sustaining the Institute's capacity for innovation. At MIT, all of us undergraduates do an in-depth study of humanities, arts, and social sciences subjects because meeting the world's greatest challenges requires technical and scientific creativity, and an understanding of the world's human complexities - cultural, political, and economic.
The competition, scheduled for April 2015, will invite students and professionals to our riverside campus in Cambridge for a two day event, filled with presentations and panel discussions on subjects in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Students will be able to submit their original research papers in one of 13 different disciplines. The most exceptional projects and students will be invited to participate in the final round of the competition, where they will be evaluated on clarity, originality, analysis, and presentation, among other criteria. Selected students will be qualified to win a host of awards and prizes.
The INSPIRE student group is super excited to help bring a platform for the celebration of humanities, arts, and social sciences research into existence. We can’t wait to see the awesome projects that arise from students across the country. With the support of MIT’s own School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and your participation, as a student researcher, teacher/mentor, or corporate sponsor, we know that MIT INSPIRE can soon be as well known in high schools across America as the Intel ISEF or the Google Science Fair.
Be sure to look through the rest of the website to find even more details about the INSPIRE competition. Check back with us in the coming weeks and stay up to date on competition details, as well as anything and everything related to the humanities, arts, and social science fields. In the meantime, feel free to email us with any questions.
Now go out there and get INSPIREd!