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MIT INSPIRE 2018

SlayMeLoveSlayMeLove Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
Is anyone here participating in MIT INSPIRE 2018? If so, does anyone know how formally the submissions to this competition are crafted? Do judges look for full blown research papers with literary reviews and etc., or is just a simple "intro, thesis, research+analysis, and conclusion" all they want ??
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Replies to: MIT INSPIRE 2018

  • iamBookwormiamBookworm Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    I want to participate in it! I don't understand what they're looking for still so I've looked at submissions from previous years.
  • SlayMeLoveSlayMeLove Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    edited October 16
    @iamBookworm Were you able to find full research paper documents online ?? Or are you just looking at the finalist list ??
  • SlayMeLoveSlayMeLove Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Also, does anyone know how many people submit research papers to MIT INSPIRE annually ?? They seem to be choosing a lot of finalists these past few years, so are they just being generous or are there just way to many people to choose any less number of finalists ??
  • writergirl0316writergirl0316 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    Hi guys! I was a literature finalist in MIT Inspire for 2017-18. You can ask me if you have any questions. :)
  • MeanestBeanMeanestBean Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    @writergirl0316 just echoing what @SlayMeLove asked above; do you know around how many people enter each year, or which category is the most popular?
    Thanks for being helpful!
  • writergirl0316writergirl0316 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    I believe the number of finalists in a category should be proportional to the number of entrants in a category. I forget the numbers we were told. IIRC, the "Science, Technology and Society" (or whatever it's called) was the most popular by far.
  • iamBookwormiamBookworm Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    @SlayMeLove You're able to see the winners' full research papers on the website. It's under the winners tab once you pick a year.
  • SlayMeLoveSlayMeLove Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    @writergirl0316 do you think that you could share what you think made your research paper stand out? :)
  • writergirl0316writergirl0316 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    I was in the literature category, and I think it was the relative obscurity of one of my source texts & the specificity of my topic in general that got me selected as a finalist. @SlayMeLove
  • SlayMeLoveSlayMeLove Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    @writergirl0316 what was your methodology ?? Considering you were in the literature category, I can't imagine that you went out to a lab and tested chemical reactions :)) I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out how to do methodology when writing a qualitative research paper that isn't social-science related.
  • writergirl0316writergirl0316 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    Hm, I don't have the document on me right now, but I'm pretty sure I modeled it after one of the past winners posted on the MIT website. @SlayMeLove
  • Insert Name HereInsert Name Here Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Hi. This might sound incompetent but I am so confused as to where the Intent to Participate form is, can someone help me please? I've found several links from previous years however they are disabled. Do I just need to throw specific information together in my own document?

    Thanks.
  • SlayMeLoveSlayMeLove Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    I am also having trouble finding the intent to participate form @insertnamehere . I am planning on emailing them later today. Will update if and when they reply :)
  • RadiantRadiant Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    I'm planning on participating in INSPIRE as well! Definitely let us know if they reply. They've had a message saying that the intent form "will be released soon" for at least a few weeks now.
  • SlayMeLoveSlayMeLove Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    No update so far. If I get no reply by the end of the week I might try calling them :(
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