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Marlena Love serves as the Awards Program Officer for the Lemelson-MIT Program, a non-profit STEM initiative funded by The Lemelson Foundation and housed in MIT’s School of Engineering. Love oversees the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Competition, a multi-round competition celebrating promising undergraduate and graduate collegiate inventors from across the country. The competition is entering its second year after existing in a previous iteration as a campus-based prize and currently offers prizes for inventions in health care and consumer devices. The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.Love has 10 years experience working in higher education and eight in an academically rigorous STEM environment. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and master’s degree from the University of Maryland-College Park.Jim Woodell from the APLU will co-facilitate.