Announcement – “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision” Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest

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Earthzine Announces its Second Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest Theme “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision”

Important Dates for 2010 Earthzine Essay and Blogging Competition

September 22 (Equinox): Essays due to Earthzine

October 4: Judging complete and finalist essays prepared for posting

October 7 (New Moon): Blogging begins

November 13: Essay blogging ends and judging occurs

November 21 (Full Moon): Announce winners

Submit essays to: David F Mullins [DMullins@sf.edu]

Earthzine will host its second essay and blogging competition in 2010 for college and university students worldwide on the theme “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision.”

“As a web magazine dedicated to fostering Earth observation and global awareness, Earthzine hopes to encourage a new generation of Earth observers through these competitions,” said Editor-in-Chief Paul E. Racette, D Sc.

“The 2010 essay theme, “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision,” seeks to explore the benefits and challenges of the collaborative role citizen observers play in the collection and validation of Earth observations,” he said.

The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate college and university students who are currently enrolled in any program of study at least half-time at an accredited institution worldwide. More information will be posted on Earthzine.

Associate Editor for Education David F. Mullins, PhD, said, “I’m excited about this year’s essay contest! Everyone in the world makes observations of the Earth in one way or another every day, so this contest is really open to students from practically every discipline.”

Citizen scientists at work. Photo: Naturemapping Foundation

Citizen scientists at work. Photo: Naturemapping Foundation

Judges will choose the contest finalists based on the quality of their written essays. The finalists’ essays will be posted on Earthzine and the winners selected on the quality of their online blogging that explores and debates the concepts presented in the essays. Winners will receive certificates of award, cash prizes, and memorabilia, as well as international recognition afforded by Earthzine publication.

Earthzine’s first 2009 student essay contest, “Sustainability through Earth Observation and Engineering”, drew entries from Africa, India, Russia, and the United States. The three winners were: David Tshimba, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda; Sulaiman Tejan Jalloh, Institute of Advanced Management and Technology, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa; and Benjamin-Axel Mugema, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda.

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