Earthzine invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay for the 2010 Second Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest ÛÏMaking Citizen Observations a Global Vision.Û
Earthzine, an online environmental journal, is conducting a competition to encourage students to creatively explore the benefits and challenges of the collaborative role citizen observers play in the collection and validation of Earth observations .
Students should submit essays that reflect the work of citizen Earth observers in their communities, their regions, or the world. They may find citizen scientists on their campuses, in community chapters of national and non-governmental scientific organizations, among disaster responders and readiness planners, in the health care profession, in agriculture, forestry and fishing, among many other domains.
Essays should also be related to one or more of EarthzineÛªs focal topics: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Disasters, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Water, or Weather. Essays should follow EarthzineÛªs WritersÛª Guidelines.
After initial judgesÛª review, Earthzine will post several essays on its webpage. The author(s) of the essay will be invited to lead a blog about their essay and to participate in blogs of competing essays. Winners will be determined based on the quality of the essay and the quality of the blog.
Winners will share $1200 in prizes, with $500 for the first prize. They will also receive certificates for themselves and their institution. All finalists will receive a t-shirt.
Eligibility: Enrollment in any (e.g. American, European, African, Asian, etc ) undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university attending full or part-time at the time of the contest. Please indicate your anticipated year of graduation and the contact email of your Registrar.
Submission Guidelines: Queries and final essays should be sent to David Mullins, Ph.D., Associate Education Editor, at any time firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 22: Essays due to Earthzine
November 4: Judging complete and finalist essays prepared for posting
November 7 (New Moon): Blogging begins
December 13: Essay blogging ends and judging occurs
December 21 (Full Moon): Announce winners