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Essay Contest

Students in 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 Registration form:, selecting Essay (only projects selected by their school are allowed to enter the Exhibition). Within the form, you will submit your essay no later than January 13, 2023, for evaluation and 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
• Introduction
• Body–Discussion
• 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 Checklist for helpful information.) Entries are due January 13, 2023.