The Quantum Ideas Lab Competiton is an annual event which aims to motivate, promote, and support innovative quantum learning and research by and for undergraduate students.

The Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (CQSE) invites all Stevens undergraduate students to form teams and participate. Each team will need to have a minimum of 2 students. Students from other institutes or high schools are welcome to join a team led by Stevens students, pending approval by the CQSE committee on a case-by-case basis.

Information and Q&A session

Presentation slides from the January 31 information session are available for download.

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About the Competition

Each competition cycle will consist of three phases:

Phase I: Team formation, brainstorming, and conceptualization

  • Proposal Due: Feb 28
  • Proposal format: 2-4 pages with motivation, objective, approach, initial results (if any), and team composition
  • Phase I Competition Results: Mar 6

A panel of judges will validate the feasibility of the proposal and select up to six winning teams with a $500 award for each team. Winners will be invited to enter Phase II competition for which each team will be paired with a Ph.D. student coach.

Phase II: Modeling and software development for validating idea proposed in phase I

  • Model/software submission due: May 8
  • Winning team announcement: May 15

A panel of judges will evaluate the model/software and select up to three winning teams, each with a $1,500 award. Phase II winners will be invited to enter Phase III competition where each winning team (students teams + Ph.D. student coach) will be paired with faculty advisors and provided necessary laboratory resources for hardware/model development. Summer support may be available for compelling research with high innovation and entrepreneurship relevance.

Phase III: Hardware realization and testbed (May 18-Sept 1)

Quantum Night: Sep 4 (open to the public with guests from government, industry, and venture capitalists)

  • Phase III demonstration and competition; one winning team with a $3,000 award
  • Two-minute Elevator pitch competition; open to all winning teams in Phase I and II (one winning team by a panel of judges and one audience choice award with $500 award each)
  • Graduate quantum research (GRS) exhibition and competition; 1st place: $3,000; 2nd place: $1,500; 3rd place: $1,000

A panel of judges will select and announce the Phase III winning team and winner of GRS competition.

Exit Plan: Patent filing, paper submissions, opportunity for prototype development and further research exploration with CQSE.


The Competition Committee for the 2020 cycle is:

  • Yuping Huang, Chair
  • Rupak Chatterjee, co-Chair
  • Yong Meng Sua, co-Chair


*Students seeking entry to the current and future cycles of QILCOM are encouraged to take or participate in the following courses for introduction of quantum mechanics and technologies while acquiring important skills to excel in this competition.

PEP 201 Physics III for Engineers

PEP 242 Modern Physics

PEP 553 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

PEP 554 Quantum Mechanics I

PEP 557 Quantum Information and Quantum Computation

PEP 680 Quantum Optics (advanced level)


This event is co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Science and the Office of Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

Contact Us

The Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (CQSE)

Location On Campus

618 Burchard Building
River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Contact Types

Department Leaders

Professor Yuping Huang Gallagher Associate Professor of Physics & Director of the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering