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.
topic for the 2023 contest is: TBA
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.
of the essay:
• Choose a topic that has been developed or is
• Support your topic’s significance through
of the essay:
• The author must follow the essay theme
of "Houston, We Have a Problem!"
• 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
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 Student STEM Exhibition
Official Entry Form for Essay Competition. Each
essay must include the Essay Cover Page.
Students should keep the original copy of their
essay. Essays are to be sent as one PDF
file via e-mail to email@example.com - ATTN: Lucy Young on
or before February 3, 2023. The
physical arrangement of the essay must be as
• 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
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 February
3, 2023. This deadline will not be extended.
Papers submitted after the deadline will be
returned unopened to the author. For
additional information, contact either
Exhibition coordinator at your
school or Ms.Young.