Now in its fifth year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s JUMP into STEM collegiate competition invites student teams with a mix of majors across architecture, engineering, public policy, computer science, economics and more to compete in challenges relevant to the building industry.

This year's challenges focus on electrifying, decarbonizing and increasing resiliency of the built environment:

It’s Electric: Methods are sought to electrify buildings to achieve decarbonization objectives. Participants will focus on developing or enhancing equipment to replace the use of fossil fuels with electric-based alternatives. Efforts modernizing the electric grid or enhancing building infrastructure to streamline the electrification process are also encouraged.

Curb Your Carbon: Teams are challenged to develop innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and from the manufacturing, maintenance and disposal of building materials. Competitors can also focus on innovative designs and materials that capture and store carbon to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas.

Sustainable and Resilient: Novel technical solutions are needed to improve the resilience and sustainability of the built environment to enable underserved communities to adapt and recover from extreme weather and persistent stress.

Submissions are due on November 11, and winners will be announced in December and invited to the final competition at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in January 2023. Watch this recent webinar discussing the elements of a successful submission.

Following the final competition, eligible students on winning teams will be offered 10-week, paid internships at NREL, U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory or U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to gain hands-on experience, receive mentorship and meet industry experts.

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