Grades 7 through 12 may compete with a library
research paper in the “Essay Only” segment
Paper Session Competition. However,
this does not rule out the possibility of
personal experimentation as a
supplement to the library research.
The theme for 2023
essay is "It’s
Our Turn to Lead!” inspired by the 2015
Earth Day theme. The
research part of this paper should define what
the topic is, how it can be
implemented, and should include a commentary on
your personal experience of how
participating in independent research reflects
the current topic
Essay Entry Procedures
Papers only go through the
approval process first. Any high
school student who desires to participate in
the Essay contest must fill out
the 2023 Regional STEM Exhibition Project
selecting Essay (only
projects selected by their school are
allowed to enter the Exhibition).
the form, you will submit your essay no
later than January
13, 2023, for
selection. Please do not send paper copies
or email. Late essays will
not be accepted.
• Essay Cover Page (See this page.)
Give the essay a title that is indicative of
the content of the essay.
• If supplemental
experimentation is used, a Safety
Sheet and any applicable
endorsement(s) must be attached.
• Table of Contents
• Conclusion or Summary
• Reference List – A
list of published articles, books,
and other communications actually cited in
the essay, using APA format. Do not
refer to this list as a bibliography.
The essay should be 1,200 to 1,500 words.
The essay should include at least 12
current references and no more than one
reference to an encyclopedia. Students
are to type their last name and the title of
the essay at the top of each page.
Papers should follow the basic rules of
essay writing and should be carefully
proofread. (See Symposium Paper/ Essay
helpful information.) Entries are due January 13,