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
the 2019 contest is:
Essay Topic – 'Under the Sea'
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
reflects the current topic.
• Choose a topic that has been developed or is
• Support your topic’s significance through
• The author must follow the essay theme
• The author must use the formal essay style
that adequately expresses
the chosen topic.
• The essay must be original and follow the
guidelines for student
essays as established in the guidebook.
Cash awards may be made for the best essays.
Students are to submit to the school
copies of their essay and three copies of the 2019
Exhibition Official Entry Form for Symposium
and Essay Competition.
essay must include the Essay Cover Page.
Students should keep the original copy of their
essay. Essays are due
Patush at Curie High School
January 11, 2019. The physical
arrangement of the essay
must be as follows:
• Essay Cover Page (See the sample in
the Handbook Appendix.)
Give the essay a title that is
indicative of the content of the essay.
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
articles, books, and other communications
actually cited in the essay,
using APA format. Do not refer to this list as a
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
11, 2019. This
deadline will not be extended. Papers
submitted after the deadline will
be returned unopened to the author.
For additional information, contact the STEM Exhibition