2019-2020 Challenge Prizes

All teams who enter the Conrad Challenge are competing to be recognized as Pete Conrad Scholars, the Challenge’s top honor. One team in each category will receive this recognition based on their scores during the final round at the Conrad Innovation Summit (April 21-24, 2020 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida). In addition to the title, student teams will receive the following prizes:

  • A distinctive medallion and a Pete Conrad Scholar certificate from the Conrad Foundation

  • $15,000 per year scholarship to Clarkson University, for a total value of $60,000 over four years (This prize is offered to all Conrad Finalists.) 

  • $15,000 per year scholarship to enroll in the Jefferson University School of Design and Engineering

  • One Pete Conrad Scholar Team will be selected to receive pro-bono services from Arent Fox to support the patent process, valued at $20,000

  • One Pete Conrad Scholar Team will be selected to receive pro-bono services from Dentons to support the patent process, valued at $5,000

  • One Pete Conrad Scholar will be selected to attend their upcoming NEXUS summit in New York July 2020,
    (full accommodations and $500 airfare credit provided)

  • A market research assessment from the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) providing a detailed plan to continue product development, valued at $1,000

  • Sigma Xi will induct Pete Conrad Scholars into the community, with the first year of dues and initiation fees waived. Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, is an international, multidisciplinary community of science and engineering professionals dedicated to research excellence, promoting public engagement with science, and fostering the next generation of researchers, all while promoting the highest standards of research ethics. 


Smoke-Free World Category:

In addition, the Pete Conrad Scholar Teams named in these two special categories will receive unique category prizes provided by The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

Re-purposed Farmlands & Tobacco Crops: This team will will receive an all-expense paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa to attend the World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogue. In addition to attending the World Food Prize events and hearing from world-leading experts, the winners will have the opportunity to enjoy the history of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

Eliminating & Reducing Teen Vaping: This team will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to meet with the FSFW grantees at Etheim Biotics. In addition to visiting the lab and learning about the microbiome from world-leading experts, the winners will have the opportunity to enjoy the history and sights of the nation’s capital.


Transforming Education Through Technology Category:

In addition, each Pete Conrad Scholar Team will also receive unique category prizes provided by SMART Technologies.

  • SMART Technologies will select one Pete Conrad Scholar team to join SMART at the 2020 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Anaheim, California, all-expenses paid.

  • A SMART Board Interactive Flat Panel for their school(s) 

  • A continued mentorship from SMART Technologies to support in further development of their product and or service.


Power Pitch Awards:

The Conrad Foundation will recognize one Finalist team in each category with the Power Pitch Award. This award recognizes the best on-stage presentation during the Conrad Innovation Summit. Recipients will receive a special commemorative trophy.


Additional Awards:

In collaboration with our sponsors and partners, the Foundation incorporates additional awards as we approach the Conrad Innovation Summit. Anticipated awards include: NASA Goddard Award, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Good Citizen Award and the Conrad Social Media Award.


Opportunity for all Conrad Innovators and Finalists:

The Conrad Challenge is excited to announce multiple partnerships with the below universities for all Conrad Innovators who have previously or currently participating in the Conrad Challenge: