National High School Research Competition in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Created by MIT Students

MIT INSPIRE is a nationwide high school research competition in the arts, humanities and social sciences run by MIT students. Each year, approximately 100 high school students from around the country are invited to participate in the final round of the competition, hosted at MIT. Student finalists present their original research on a unique topic in one of thirteen disciplines, from Anthropology to Women’s and Gender Studies. Selected students qualify for awards and prizes. Past award recipients: 2017 winners2016 winners and 2015 winners.

The mission of MIT INSPIRE is Inspiring the Nation’s Students to Pursue Innovative REsearch in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


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2018 INSPIRE Team

Karen Gu, ’20
Sarbari Sarkar, ’20
Samira Okudo, ’19
Seeta Patel, ’20
Ethan Vo, ’19

MIT INSPIRE was devised and created by Vaishnavi Rao, ’17. The first MIT INSPIRE competition was held in 2015.

2018 MIT INSPIRE Competition

April 8-10, 2018
Kresge Auditorium, Walker Memorial

Dates and Deadlines

MIT News 2015: Students launch MIT INSPIRE competition

MIT INSPIRE Credit: Vaishnavi R.

Selected Past Projects