The TCS Competition challenges the next generation to be socially and culturally aware of the impact technology has on society.

About the Competition

Each year the Department of Technology, Culture and Society (TCS) hosts the annual competition for high school students, challenging them to think critically about problems in our society and to create solutions in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Urban Environments
  • Science and Technology Studies: Medicine, Law, Science and Technology
  • Integrated Digital Media

2014-2015 TCS Competition Winners and Finalists

STS Winners

1st Place
Amanda Feldman
Sarah Fineman
Fiona Sherman

2nd Place
Maya Rukshin

3rd Place
Amar Desai
Abhinav Raghunathan

STS Finalists

Team 1
Michael Abelar
Tiffany Paul
Ranjan Paiti

Team 2
Kevin Mejia
Johnathan Rafailov
Rohan Shetty

Team 3
Gideon Abramowitz
Jack Hyslop

SUE Winners

1st Place
Chris Chen
Jessica Huang
Matthew Su

2nd Place
Allen Ravitsky
Benjamin Reichman

3rd Place
Fiona O'Neil
Tina Tudisco
Haley Gravalis

SUE Finalists

Team 1
Brian Oh
Hyein Kim
Aaron Wang

Team 2

Raji Pillai

Team 3

Kenju Gibbs



Contest open to high school sophomores and juniors in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area.


  • Academic scholarship to the School of Engineering: $20,000 ($5,000/year) for first place; $16,000 ($4,000/year) for second place; $12,000 ($3,000/year) for third place; and $4,000 ($1,000/year) for all finalists.
  • First, second and third place trophies are given to the high schools of the team members
  • Finalists plaques are also awarded to the high schools of the team members

Important Competition Dates

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mentors may begin registering their students to participate in the competition.
Please note: registration is now closed.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Registration closes.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

TCS Competition webinar with TCS faculty, staff and current students to answer questions about the compeition.
Missed the webinar? Click here to view the recording.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Submission date. Submit a proposal (one page single spaced or two pages double spaced) (STS, SUE) or 30 second video (IDM).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Finalists will be announced.

Tuesday, February 24 to Friday, February 27, 2015

Drop-in to meet with TCS faculty, staff and current students to answer questions about the competition. Drop-in hours are 9:00am-5:30pm.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Webinar: Question and answer for students. Information regarding citations, presenting final projects and finalist day. The webinar begins at 5:00pm.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Finalists competition begins at 9:00am.

Please note: Some dates are subject to change. Please actively check the website and email correspondence from the Department for updated information.

The 2015 TCS Competition is proudly sponsored by: