2022 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Student Program

What is the Student Program?

The Student Program at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is a unique opportunity for student energy leaders to engage with companies looking for new talent, as well as learn about new energy initiatives. The graduate-level students selected to participate in the Student Program receive complimentary registration to attend the Summit, participate in student-focused panel sessions, and network with corporate recruiters.

Who participates in the Student Program?

We expect a diverse mix of technical, scientific, business, and policy students from top institutions, who are energy leaders on their campuses and have the goal of transitioning to a professional career in the energy sector.

How do I apply to the Student Program and what information will be needed?

Admission to the Student Program is restricted to graduate-level students at accredited institutions.

What is included in a Student Program Registration?

Accepted students will receive a complimentary student registration pass to the Summit.

What are the application due dates and when would I be notified of acceptance?

Application Period closed: January 12, 2022 at 11:59p.m. EST
Students will be notified of application decisions: Beginning January 19, 2022
If accepted, Students must confirm participation by: January 26, 2022

How can my company participate in the Student Program?

For companies interested in the Student Program, participation is at no additional cost to your Summit registration. Participating companies will receive a digital resume book in advance of the Summit with the resumes of the Student Program participants and the ablility to network with the Students during a networking event. An email will be sent to all Summit registered companies in the spring of 2022 with more information on how to participate.

New in 2022 | ARPA-E STUDENT P.I.T.C.H.E.S.

Proposing Ideas for Technologies that Can Harness Energy Sustainably (P.I.T.C.H.E.S.)

Do you have an interesting or potentially disruptive energy technology idea? Do you find yourself often drawing schematics and brainstorming ways that a process can be done better? Do you wish you had the opportunity to share these ideas to a broader audience or even to flex your pitching skills? Have you watched the ARPA-E Fast Pitches from previous Summits and felt inspired? Good news! ARPA-E wants to hear from you as we introduce the first-ever student Proposing Ideas for Technologies that Can Harness Energy Sustainably (PITCHES) session at the 2022 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit!

Accepted student attendees who will attend the Summit in person are invited to submit their ideas to be considered in the ARPA-E Student PITCHES session. Students who are selected to present will prepare a short, 5-minute technical overview of their idea and present it to an audience of their student peers and a panel of industry representatives who will ask questions about their pitch ideas and provide feedback. This is intended to give students an opportunity to showcase themselves and their ingenious ideas in a semi-formal setting and in front of like-minded peers and industry representatives.

Students interested in participating in the Student PITCHES session are invited to submit a written proposal for an idea by Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 11:59 PM EDT and in the format detailed below. A link to submit the pitch proposal will be provided in the Summit acceptance notification. The submitted ideas will undergo a review process and the students whose ideas are selected will be invited to prepare a 5-minute pitch. Ideas will be evaluated based on communication style, novelty, technical depth, and potential impact. Pitch selection notifications will be sent no later than March 15, 2022. In preparation for the Student PITCHES session, students are encouraged to attend a webinar planned for Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 5:00 PM EDT with current ARPA-E Fellows on best practices for how to structure a pitch and will also work with an ARPA-E Fellow coach to practice the pitch leading up to the Summit. The Student PITCHES session will be on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. We look forward to hearing your ideas!