Essay Contest

"Earth System Science in Today's World"


About the Contest

AGI is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. The essay theme for this year is: "Earth System Science in Today's World."

Please see below for contest guidelines.

Click here to download the essay contest entry form.

Contest Guidelines

Who can enter?

The essay contest is open to any interested person in grades 6-9. You must be a resident of the United States to enter.

What is the subject of the essay?

Your essay should focus on the topic “Earth System Science in Today’s World.”

Our planet’s land, water, air, and living things each affect and are affected by one another. Earth scientists observe these interactions among Earth systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Scientists study these interactions to seize opportunities and address challenges in areas such as harnessing energy, farming land, ensuring safe water, preparing for natural disasters, protecting the environment, and building communities. Explain one way that geoscientists’ study of Earth’s connected systems is helping to improve the world today.

How long should the essay be?

The essay must be no more than 300 words. Longer essays will be rejected unread.

What do I need to submit?

A valid submission will contain the following information:

1. A typed essay in English of no more than 300 words, focusing on the topic "Earth System Science in Today's World." Each essay must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.

2. Your personal information, printed at the top of the essay:

First and last name (as it appears on your entry form)
Mailing address
Phone number
E-mail address
Word count of essay

3. A completed and signed entry form. Print out the entry form here and send it to us when you send your essay. Entries cannot be accepted without a signed entry form.

How should I submit my essay and entry form?

Essays must be submitted electronically. Paste the text of your essay, along with your contact information, into the body of an e-mail. Essays attached as separate file attachments will not be accepted. Electronic submissions must be sent to info@earthsciweek.org with the subject heading as “ESW 2014 Essay Contest.”

Entry forms may be submitted electronically as an attachment or by mail. Fill out your form, including the signature of a parent or guardian. Electronically submitted permission forms must be scanned and sent, along with essays, to info@earthsciweek.org with the subject heading as “ESW 2014 Essay Contest.”

All mailed entry forms must be sent to:

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302-1502

IMPORTANT: Whether you use mail or e-mail, you must still submit a completed and signed entry form. You may mail the form separately to the address above, or scan the completed form and send it electronically along with your essay. If you mail the entry form separately, please indicate WHEN you sent your essay electronically.

If you have any problems submitting your essay, please e-mail the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org.

When is the deadline?

All submissions must be received electronically by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, October 17, 2014.

Entry forms may be submitted electronically or by mail. The deadline for emailing your entry form is 5 p.m. EST, Friday, October 17, 2014. Mailed entry forms must be postmarked no later than October 17, 2014.

How will the essays be judged?

The essays will be judged by a panel of geoscientists on grammar, content, presentation, creativity, and, most importantly, relevance to and incorporation of the topic.

What are the prizes?

The selected entry will win $300 and a copy of AGI’s The Geoscience Handbook. The winner's and finalists' names and entries will be posted on the Earth Science Week website. No cash substitution for prizes will be permitted, and prizes are nontransferable.

Disclaimer: By submitting an entry, an entrant agrees to allow the American Geosciences Institute to use his or her name to post on the AGI Web site, without compensation unless prohibited. All entries and all rights of ownership in and to the entries, including all rights to use, reproduce, publish, modify, edit, and distribute the same will become the exclusive property of AGI and will not be returned. AGI reserves the right to edit, modify, adapt, copyright, publish, use, and reproduce any and all entries without further compensation. The American Geosciences Institute, its agents and contractor, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Contest Winners from past years


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