The Science and Society Essay Contest aims to challenge high school students to question and deliberate the purposes and social implications of scientific research. All high school students (9th-12th grade) who attend school in Suffolk or Nassau County are eligible. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments (rather than simply opinions) that indicate a depth of understanding of scientific and societal issues. Grand Prize Winner: $500.00, Second Prize: $300.00, Third Prize: $200.00, Honorable Mentions (up to 10 awards): $50.00 each. All students who submit essays will receive a Certificate of Participation.
The top three winners were chosen from 177 essays submitted by high school students from throughout Long Island. Nine honorable-mention prizes of $50 each were also awarded in a ceremony at Brookhaven Lab. The essay topic was how breakthroughs in nanotechnology will impact society in the future. A panel of four independent judges chose the winning essays based on critical thinking, scientific accuracy, creativity, and organization.
Upton, NY - Mitchell Fourman, a Ward Melville High School student, won the grand prize of $1,000 in the Science and Society Essay Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Lauren Thompson, Garden City High School, won third prize, and received $200. Margaret Brown, Longwood High School (not present for the photo), won $300 as second-place winner.