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Nanovation Competition 2019

February 28, 2019

Nanovation Competition 2019

The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA is proud to present its annual Nanovation Competition. Ten teams of 4-5 middle and high school students with a teacher leader and UCLA graduate student mentors will create cutting-edge design and technology business proposals based off of CNSI’s Nanoscience Institute workshop series.

The top 3 winning teams will be awarded science classroom supplies, and will be selected by a jury of UCLA professors and Los Angeles business professionals.

  • First place: $2000 in classroom supplies.
  • Second place: $1000 in classroom supplies.
  • Third place: $500 in classroom supplies.

All ten finalist teams will receive an award for completing the pitch and final business proposal submissions.

Timeline of events

  • January 7 – Call for submissions is officially open.
  • January 25 – Submission deadline.
  • February 8 – Up to 10 finalists announced.
  • February 28 – Kick-off meeting at CNSI.
  • March 2 – Business workshop (teacher & mentors).
  • May 22 – Final presentations and judging at CNSI.


When are submissions open?

See the timeline of events on our website for the most up-to-date information. No submissions will be accepted prior to the submission period.

Who can participate?

We accept submissions from any middle and high school teacher who can lead a team with the correct number of team members. All participating teams must be able to attend our kick-off and final events.

I have a lot of interested students! Can I submit multiple teams?

There is a maximum of 8 submissions per teacher per school, and a maximum of three teams from one school will be accepted as finalists. Each student may only be a part of one team.

I’ve never taken a workshop with CNSI / I’ve done a lot of research on nanoscience and want to submit about a different topic. Can I still submit?

We welcome submissions related to any nanoscience topic. They do not have to relate to topics offered by our Nanoscience Institute series.

I’m in the competition now! How do I get in touch with my mentor?

All mentor meetings will occur virtually, either by phone or online chat for 30 minutes with each mentor per week. It is the responsibility of the teams and teacher leader to establish the meetings with their mentors.

My question wasn’t answered here. Who can I contact?

Additional questions can be mailed to education@cnsi.ucla.edu.


To enter, describe a high-impact problem that you would solve using a nanotechnology product of your choosing based on one of the nanoscience concepts you’ve studied in your classrooms or in your own research by answering the questions below.


February 28, 2019
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