Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Essay Competition. This essay competition was created to inspire students to explore connections between human rights and science, engineering and the health professions. Students may write on any topic at the intersection of science and/or technology with human rights.
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Submissions should be written in the form of an analytical or critical paper that raises thought-provoking questions. For example, potential essay topics might include: the applications of a scientific approach or a new technology to address specific human rights concerns; an analysis of synergies between human rights obligations and the social responsibilities of scientists, engineers and/or health professionals; or the ways in which full implementation of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress may influence realization of other human rights. These examples are only provided to spark ideas: students are encouraged to write essays that reflect their own ideas, interests, and insights.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: 1) Undergraduate student and 2) Graduate student.
The winning students will be recognized at the July 2018 meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. Winners of the competition will receive a year of membership in AAAS and a one-year subscription to Science, as well as a travel stipend to attend the Coalition’s meeting, generously provided by the AAAS-Andrew M. Sessler Fund for Science, Education, and Human Rights. Students who receive prizes will be asked to support AAAS stewardship of the Sessler Fund by providing feedback about their experience in the competition. The winning essays will be considered for publication by the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program.
How to Enter
- Submit your essay through the essay competition website which will be open 1 April 2018 through 30 April 2018. Website URL will be available in 2018.
- The essay may be submitted in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
Read the competition's rules and regulations here.
The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is alerting students that it is now accepting entries for its science-based essay and oratory, performing arts and poster competitions scheduled to take place between November 2017 and February 2018.
The competitions, the council said, provide an opportunity for students to hone their intellectual and scientific skills, showcase their creativity and benefit from awards.
“The SRC, which seeks to encourage and foster the development of science, technology and innovation in our nation's youth, is encouraging schools to get their students involved in these competitions for educational enhancement,” the council said.
The essay and oratory contest will take place during November 2017 as part of Science and Technology Month. It engages primary and secondary students in the promotion of science and technology by providing a medium for them to share their perspectives on Jamaica's indigenous knowledge and waterways. The top six essay submissions from the primary and secondary categories will advance to the oratorical competition in which each entrant will make a presentation of no more than seven minutes. Presentations may be aided by videos, PowerPoint presentations or other multimedia support that the SRC deems appropriate.
The poster competition, which is also open to primary and secondary students, is scheduled for February 2018. The competition is geared at increasing students' awareness of the applications of science and technology in developing, improving their research skills and providing a means for the creative expression of scientific and technological information.
The performing arts competition, meanwhile, also set for February 2018, is only open to secondary schools and will give students the opportunity to creatively demonstrate how Jamaicans can utilise indigenous knowledge to contribute to Jamaica's economic development. Entries may be individual or group and can take the form of song, poetry or drama.
Interested schools can contact the SRC's Science, Technology, Education Unit at 927-1771-4/977-2192/564-0738.