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 programming, and network with corporate recruiters.

Who participates in the Student Program?

The ARPA-E Summit Student Program brings together a diverse mix of technical, scientific, business, and policy students from top universities and institutions, who are energy leaders on their campuses and hope to transition to a professional career in the energy sector. 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 entire Summit, which includes student-specific programming, main stage keynotes and presentations, breakout panels, networking opportunities, and the Summit's Technology Showcase.

What are the application due dates and when will I be notified of my decision?

Application Period Opens: November 14, 2023
Application Period Closed: Extended to February 4, 2024
Students will be notified of application decisions: February 16, 2024
If accepted, Students must confirm participation by: March 1, 2024

The Application for the ARPA-E Summit Student Program Has Closed!

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 Student Program participants. Participating companies will also have the abillity to network with students during a networking event. An email will be sent to all Summit registered companies in the spring of 2024 with more information on how to participate.


The submission link will be emailed to all accepted ARPA-E Student Program participants around March 2, 2024.


Do you have a potentially disruptive energy technology idea? Do you find yourself often brainstorming ways that a process could be done better? Do you wish you had the opportunity to share these ideas with a broader audience? Do you want to improve 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 at the 2024 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit!

Student Attendees accepted to participate in the 2024 Summit Student Program will be invited to submit their ideas for consideration to the ARPA-E Student PITCHES session. Selected students will prepare a five-minute pitch that summarizes their innovative energy technology idea and present it to an audience and a panel of industry representatives. The panel will provide feedback and ask students questions.

PITCHES is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase new ideas in a semi-formal setting and receive feedback from experts. The Student PITCHES session is widely attended and has become a very popular Summit sessions!

Students interested in participating in the Student PITCHES session are invited to submit a written proposal. Submitted ideas are reviewed and selected students will be invited to present a pitch at the Summit. Ideas will be evaluated based on communication style, novelty, technical depth, and potential impact. More information will be provided after Student Program decisions are sent.

We look forward to hearing your ideas!


May 22-24, 2024
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