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Competitions Government Challenges, Your Solutions is a listing of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 100 agencies across federal government. These problem-solving events include idea, creative, technical and scientific competitions in which U.S. federal agencies invite the public’s help to solve perplexing mission-centric problems. Learn more.

NASA's 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge!

Deadline: Proposals due November 30, 2017
This competition is supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions. This year's engineering design competition seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for in-space assembly of spacecraft – particularly tugs, propelled by solar electric propulsion (SEP), that transfer payloads for low earth orbit (LEO) to a lunar distant retrograde orbit (LDRO). Reuse of the SEP tug provides a cost-efficient method of transferring payloads between LEO-to-LDRO, LDRO-to-LEO, and for transit to deep-space locations such as Mars. Participation in the BIG Idea is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students studying in fields applicable to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences). Learn more. 


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Research Opportunities

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Deadline: Multiple opportunities with various deadlines.
The National Science Foundation oversees the REU program, which offers stipends supporting student research at universities nationwide, including Illinois Tech. Learn more.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Deadline: The application deadline has passed for 2017. Check back for updates on this annual program.
The RISE program offers bachelor’s-level students from the United States, Canada, and the U.K. who are studying in science and engineering fields the opportunity to participate in research in Germany. Learn more.

Pathways to Science

Deadline: Multiple opportunites with various deadlines.
The Institute for Broadening Participation connects interested undergraduate and graduate students, especially underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields with paid research and internship opportunities through its Pathways to Science program. Learn more.

NIST SURF Research Program

Deadline: The application deadline has passed for 2017. Check back for updates on this annual program.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology oversees the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Universities can recommend students studying science, engineering, and mathematics to conduct research as part of this initiative. Learn more.


Delta Tau Delta - Lives of Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: Apply by August 11, 2017
The Illinois Tech chapter of Delta Tau Delta has started the Lives of Excellence Scholarship to recognize outstanding young men in the incoming freshman class. The scholarship consists of a $500 award which may be used to purchase textbooks or other class supplies. Learn more. 

Internal Scholarship Opportunities

Illinois Tech offers financial aid and scholarship support– 97 percent of students receive some type of financial aid, whether it be need-based, merit-based, or both. There are also scholarship opportunities that can cover most of your college expenses. Learn more.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Illinois Tech is committed to helping students secure additional funding from outside sources. The office of Financial Aid regularly adds outside scholarships to our Scholarship Opportunities spreadsheet. Learn more.

Workshops, Seminars, & Entrepreneurship Events

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Additional Graduate Fellowship and Scholarships

To view graduate student research and fellowship opportunities, click here.