*First Place $500 to David Tshimba, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda for
**Second Place $250 to Sulaiman Tejan Jalloh, Institute of Advanced Management and Technology, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa for ÛÏAgricultureÛ
***Third Place $150 to Benjamin-Axel Mugema, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda for
The seven finalists will also receive Earthzine t-shirts; and the winners, letters of recognition to their universities.
This has been an exciting competition from the opening announcement on July 9, 2009 at the annual IGARSS conference in Cape Town, South Africa to the close ofåÊ blogging on December 15. The contest received enquiries and essays from students around the globe. This response met our overall goal of stimulating thinking about sustainability worldwide. We are deeply appreciative of the efforts of all the contestants who submitted essays, the finalists for maintaining engaging blogs and the dozens who raised the level of discourse by posting thought-provoking comments and questions.
We are also deeply appreciative of the competition judges, who selected the seven finalists and chose the winners on the basis of their essay blogs. We also congratulate Dr. David F. Mullins, Associate Editor for Education, for doing an excellent job managing EarthzineÛªs first essay competition. We are grateful to the IEEE Foundation for sponsoring the competition and its prizes.
If you havenÛªt read these essays already, please take a few moments to do so. I think you will share our feelings of encouragement and hope that the passionate commitment evidenced by these students will be utilized in their home countries. Each essay demonstrates the great potentialåÊ Earth observation has for discovering and implementing sustainable remedies for the difficult environmental problems we are experiencing on Earth.
Please stay connected to www.Earthzine.org for notice of the 2010 Student Essay Competition!
Paul E. Racette, D.Sc.