High School and College Students Invited to Submit Entries for New Cosmic Frontiers International Science Essay Competition
The New Cosmic Frontiers International Science Essay Competition on the Nature of our Universe and its Habitats is open to high school and college students worldwide. The competition is designed to inspire students to consider careers in science, to nurture their enthusiasm for the subject, and to engage young minds in creative, intellectual activities essential to scientific endeavors.
The essay contest has been organized in conjunction with the New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Grant Competition, a research program led by the University of Chicago and funded by the John Templeton Foundation to advance understanding in fundamental areas of astronomy and cosmology.
The student essay competition is focused on addressing two “Big Questions.” For college students, essays will address the question: What is the origin of the complexity in the universe? For high school students, the question is: Are we alone in the universe? Or, is there other life and intelligence beyond the solar system?
Students from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter; there is no restriction on nationality. The college category is open to undergraduate students registered full-time at a college or university at the time of submission. Part-time college students are not eligible.
The first-prize winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes of $25,000 (for high school) and $50,000 (for college); second-prize winners will be awarded $10,000 (for high school) and $25,000 (for college); and five third-prize winners in each category will be awarded $5,000 (for high school) and $10,000 (for college). In addition, up to ten honorable mention prizes of $3,000 each will be awarded in either category.
Winners also will be given an opportunity to meet world-renowned scientists and scholars at a conference and award ceremony, to be held in Philadelphia, October 12-13, 2012. The program will include presentations by winners of the New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology Research Grant Program and the New Cosmic Frontiers Student Essay Competition, a public event lecture, and a panel discussion of Templeton Prize winners and other original thinkers.
Complete program information, an FAQ, and entry procedures are available at the New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology Web site: http://www.newfrontiersinastronomy.org/student-essay-competition.html