The Scientific American Innovator Award

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The Scientific American Innovator award honors an outstanding project with an experimental approach to answering some of the greatest questions in our natural world.

The winner will receive:

  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.

The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also take a Scientific American Cruise to one of the fascinating destinations to which we travel. This one-of-a-kind experience includes seminars and discussions with scientists on board. Recent cruises have been to the Panama Canal and the Mediterranean. Learn more at Scientific American Travel.

In addition, the winner will receive a $15,000 educational scholarship and a one year mentorship to realize and achieve the goal of their project.

If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.