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2015 DUJS International Science Essay Competition For High School Students

2015 DUJS International Science Essay Competition For High School Students

All high school students and international equivalents are invited to submit an essay about the recent effects and future promises of science in our society. Write about particular discoveries, events, or persons from science in current events or present a more general account of the changes and developments. Each essay must be accompanied by a statement of acknowledged validity by a teacher in the field of the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics.


Albert Einstein once said, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” The scientific process has become increasingly interdisciplinary. Examine a modern issue in STEM being addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of how these separate fields approach the issue and interact with each other. Potential topics could be found within many fields, including environmental science, engineering, and neuroscience. Note that originality is a substantial component of scoring.


Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science

2015 DUJS International Science Essay Competition For High School Students


The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 monetary award as well as have his/her winning essay published in the Winter 2016 print issue of the DUJS. In addition, a second place winner and two runner-ups will be selected. The second place winner will also have his/her essay published in the Winter 2016 issue of the DUJS, and all four selected essays will be featured on the Journal website at

The winners and the runner-ups will receive a certificate and a print copy of the Winter 2016 issue of the Journal.


October 5, 2015


  • Students must submit their essays and entry forms electronically on or before the contest deadline
  • Students who have family members affiliated with the Journal, or serving as contest judges are not eligible to participate.
  • No literary form other than an essay will be accepted.
  • Each essay must reflect the contestant’s own writing and original thinking.
  • No graphs, images, or illustrations should be included in the essay
  • Each contestant may submit only one (1) essay.
  • Each contestant must complete, scan, and attach a student entry form
  • Teachers must verify and sign the verification of authenticity on the student entry form.
  • The essay is limited to 1500 – 2000 words, 12-point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman, numbered pages with one-inch margins. The title page and works cited sections are not included in the word count.
  • The title of the essay and the page number MUST appear on header of every page of essay text.
  • References should be included and clearly identified.
  • Any references and citations used must follow the APA format, which can be found at
  • If you have chemical structures in your article, please take note of the American Chemical Society (ACS)’s specifications of the diagrams.
  • Name submission in the following format: docx
  • Example: ISEC_Johnson_ScienceandSociety.docx
  • The essay must be sent via e-mail to with the subject line “DUJS ISEC SUBMISSION.”
  • The Student Entry Form should be scanned and saved as a .pdf, .jpeg, or .png It must be attached to the email in conjunction with the essay.
  • Each essay must include a title page, not counted towards the 1500-2000 word limit, with the following information:

 Essay title

Author’s name

Author’s grade

Author’s email

Name of school

School address

School telephone number

Total number of pages of essay (excluding references and title)

Name of supervising teacher

Email of supervising teacher

  • The Journal editorial staff will judge the essays using five criteria: comprehension, organization, conclusions, creativity, and syntax. All winners and their sponsoring teachers will be notified by email on or before November 13th, 2015.


Please send any and all questions to with the subject line “DUJS ISEC QUESTION.”


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