ISEC 2014

In 2000, Stephen Hawking said, “I think the next century will be the century of complexity.” Scientific discovery has propelled mankind forward through history, and the 21st century stands to host some of the greatest innovations to date. Choose a novel discovery in any field of science, explain its significance today, and discuss possible implications of the discovery for its field and society in general.

Eligibility Requirements:

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 Wednesday, October 8th, 2014. Students who have family members affiliated with the Journal, or serving as contest judges, are not eligible to participate.

2014 ISEC Prompt:

In 2000, Stephen Hawking said, “I think the next century will be the century of complexity.” Scientific discovery has propelled mankind forward through history, and the 21st century stands to host some of the greatest innovations to date. Choose a novel discovery in any field of science, explain its significance today, and discuss possible implications of the discovery for its field and society in general. Topic suggestions include, but are not limited to: Higgs boson, artificial genomes, applications of graphene, and quantum computing. Note that judges look favorably on unique topics.

  • 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 Fall 2014 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 Fall 2014 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 Fall 2014 issue of the Journal.

Contest Regulations:

All essays must comply with the following contest rules before submission:

  • No literary form other than an essay will be accepted.
  • Each essay must reflect the contestant’s own research, writing and original thinking.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Science Guidelines, which can be found at http://www.sciencemag.org/site/feature/contribinfo/prep/res/refs.xhtml.
  • If you have chemical structures in your article, please take note of the American Chemical Society (ACS)’s specifications of the diagrams.
  • The submission file type must be .docx or .doc. No other file types (.pdf, .tex, .rtf) will be accepted.
  • Name submission in the following format: ISEC_LastName_Topic.docx
    • Example: ISEC_Johnson_ScienceandSociety.docx
  • The essay must be sent via e-mail to dujs@dartmouth.edu with the subject line “DUJS ISEC SUBMISSION.”
  • The Student Entry Form should be scanned and saved as a .pdf, .jpeg, or .png file. It must be attached to the email in conjunction with the essay.
  • Entries must be received on or before October 8th, 2014.
  • The authors retain all rights to their original work, with the exception that they grant the Journal the exclusive right to publish their work in print and online. Articles may not be reproduced elsewhere without the permission of the Journal.
  • The Journal will not consider work that has been previously published or is under review for publication by another publication. In addition, work submitted to the Journal for consideration may not be concurrently submitted to another publication.

Judging:

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 14th, 2014.

Questions:

Please send questions to dujs@dartmouth.edu with the subject line “DUJS ISEC QUESTION.”

Privacy Policy:

The information you provide, including name, grade, email, address, phone number name of school, school address, school telephone number, and contact information, will not be sold or distributed in any manner and will be used solely by the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science (DUJS), at the discretion of DUJS. DUJS reserves the right to post the winning essays on the DUJS website, DUJS Facebook page, as well as any other media platform representing DUJS. We do not collect information from site visitors.

The winners will be notified one time via the e-mail address provided in their entry form. DUJS is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify potential winner. Winners must notify DUJS within 10 (ten) business days of receiving notification of award to redeem their prize. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 15 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. By accepting and/or using prize, winner consents to the use of his/her name, voice and/or likeness for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law and upon request will provide such consent in writing.