Science Essay Contest Opens for High School Students


Aspiring science writers are invited to participate in the International Science Essay Competition for high school students, hosted by the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science (DUJS).

Now in its second year, the event drew more than 90 entrants from 20 countries in its inaugural year.

“We hope that the competition will get more high school students interested in science and science writing in college,” says DUJS President Yoo Jung Kim ’14. “This event is also an opportunity to showcase Dartmouth’s commitment to and strength in the sciences.”

DUSJ President Yoo Jung Kim ’14

DUSJ President Yoo Jung Kim ’14 (then a Sophomore Science Scholar) explains her genetics project to attendees at the 2012 Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium. (Photo by Flying Squirrel Graphics/John Douglas)

The event is unique, and so is its host organization. As its name implies, the DUJS is run by undergraduates, including an editorial group of 24 and a dozen other students who are involved in writing, design, layout, and editing. Guidance and counsel come from an advisory board that includes 12 scientists, engineers, and other professionals from across the campus.

“High school students and international equivalents are invited to submit an essay about the recent effects and future promises of science in our society,” contest organizers say. They encourage entrants to write about particular discoveries, events, or individuals from science in current events, or present a more general account of the changes and developments in the world of science today. The deadline for submissions is September 30.


More information and application forms are available on the DUJS website.


Joseph Blumberg