STEM Innovator Contest

Guidelines of Participation:

  • All BTech, MTech, Phd, BSc, MSc and diploma students can participate
  • The presentation can be individual or a group of not more than four participants
  • The colleges/universities can run their own selections and send 2 to 3 entries for semifinalists, later those will be placed in senior and junior Budding STEM Innovators categories by our judges and mentors based on the intensity of the projects
  • The project proposal and video clip need to be emailed clearly stating BMYM Budding STEM Innovators contest and name of the institutions (more information regarding the proposal can be found below in the process paragraph)
  • Submit all the above mentioned materials no later than 25th February 2024
  • We are strongly discouraging plagiarism
  • Beautiful Minds Youth Mentoring Foundation is a USA based Non Profit organization with a presence in India as section 8 We reserve every right to withdraw any submission that will not stick to the provided guidelines.


  1. Submit a research proposal (pdf document) based on STEM (Science. Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) introducing your topic, the problem statement/the plan of research/hypothesis, the research methodology, tools, and procedures of collecting data, literature review supporting which sources you’re using, how you’re using them, and why they’re relevant, suppositions and implications, summary/conclusion.
  2. Submit a small video clip (not more than 2 mins) introducing yourself and/or your team, your career goals, and your project.
  3. The research proposal pdf document and the video clip need to be submitted via email by the 25th
    February 2024. On the subject line clearly mention BMYM Budding STEM Innovators Contest & the name of your institution.
  4. Based on the level of projects we will have two groups of finalist: Senior Budding STEM Innovators and Junior Budding STEM Our mentors/judges will decide the finalists and their groups by 10th March 2024.
  5. Selected finalists will be informed via email and receive an invitation to compete during Beautiful Minds Youth Mentoring STEM career EXPO at Bhubaneswar, planned to be conducted from April 2024. More information to follow.
  6. Starting from December our mentors will conduct research and journal club over zoom to help interested Register via google form, which will be provided via another flyer.
  7. Contestants are responsible to bring their own model and/or presentation.
  8. At the end of the presentation, group of invited scholars will do a brief Q & A session and judge the “Beautiful Minds Budding STEM Innovators” contest.
  9. There will be three winners in each All the winners will be announced and awarded on the last day of STEM EXPO.
  10. Senior Budding STEM Innovators Prize: 1st Place 5 lac, 2nd place Rs1 lac, 3rd Place Rs75k.
  11. Junior Budding STEM Innovators Prize: 1st Place Rs1 lac, 2nd place Rs75k, 3rd Place Rs50k

Judging Criteria:

The judges will use these criteria to evaluate all aspects of the projects and presentations:

  • Problem Statement: Does the project address a pressing STEM related question or major issue?
  • Creativity: Is the project original and imaginative? What is the origin of the student’s interest in the topic? Did the student develop new solutions or procedures?
  • Field knowledge: Does the student demonstrate strong knowledge of the area of inquiry? Does the student’s work demonstrate a high level of intellectual input? Do the findings substantially add to the understanding of the area investigated?
  • Comprehensiveness: Are sufficient details provided so that others can replicate the work? If the work is experimental, are the variables and controls clearly defined? Are the procedures well- defined? Were tools for measurement and analysis chosen and used appropriately? Does the Research Report fully explain the project itself or is further explanation needed?
  • Interpretation: Has the student stated the interpretations and conclusions clearly? How scientifically reasonable and credible are the data, interpretations, and conclusions? Do the conclusions and interpretations follow from the results presented? Are appropriate statistical tests employed, if appropriate?
  • Literature: Does the report reference appropriate related works and place the study in a proper context? Are all sources used in the research listed as references? Are the references cited within the text?
  • Future work: Is there a discussion of future or follow-up research? If so, what further data would be needed? What are possible applications of the work?
  • Expression & Clarity: Is the project understandable? Is the material presented logical and coherent? Are the key points, problems, and solutions stated clearly and precisely? Does the student use table and figures appropriately, including correct labeling of axes? Was the Research Report carefully proofreading for spelling and grammar?
  • Presentation: Is the method of presentation consistent with the nature of the work and with scientific practice in the discipline involved? Clear and precise presentation with a well- articulated voice will be encouraged
  • Teamwork: Is it clear how each member contributed? Was there an appropriate distribution of workload and responsibilities?
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