2015 ISEC Competition

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.
Students must submit their essays and entry forms electronically on or before the contest deadline of Monday, October 5th, 2015.

Students who have family members affiliated with the Journal, or serving as contest judges are not eligible to participate.

Prompt:
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.

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

Awards:
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 http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/.
The winners and the runner-ups will receive a certificate and a print copy of the Winter 2016 issue of the Journal.

For more information visit http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/isec-2015#.VfKGXBF_Okp