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The INSPIRE student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pleased to invite your school to participate in MIT INSPIRE, a national research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, organized by MIT students exclusively for high school students.

The first of its kind on a national scale, INSPIRE enables students to showcase and present original research in one of thirteen fields: political science; history; cultural studies; economics; women’s and gender studies; literature; music research; media; art and architecture; linguistics; philosophy; anthropology; and science, technology, and society.Expert judges will award prizes for the most outstanding work in each category.

The first round of INSPIRE involves submission of a research abstract and report, with a deadline in January 2016. The top entrants will be invited to the final round of the competition at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA in April 2016. At the 2015 competition, students collectively went home with over $48,000 in prizes!

We hope you will share this information with your student community. Enclosed is a flyer of the competition. Our website – – contains information regarding eligibility, research categories, and the application process.

We look forward to your participation and are happy to answer any questions.


Kirby Ledvina
VP of Outreach & Marketing,

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