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.
for the 2017 contest is:
Student Essay Topic – "Engaged
The research part of this paper should define what engaged learning is,
how it can be implemented, and should include a commentary on your
personal experience of how participating in independent research
reflects engaged learning.
• Choose a topic that has been developed or is being theorized.
• Support your topic’s significance through research.
of the essay:
• The author must follow the essay theme of “Engaged
• 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 coordinator four
copies of their essay and three copies of the 2017 Student Science
Fair Official Entry Form for Symposium and Essay Competition. Each
essay must include the Essay Cover Page.
Students should keep the original copy of their essay. Essays are due
to Jennifer Patush at Curie High School
January 12, 2017. 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 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 12, 2017. This
deadline will not be extended. Papers submitted after the deadline will
be returned unopened to the author.
For additional information, contact the science fair coordinator at