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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 2024 essay is "Aggregate and Innovate!” in honor of the new Agriculture Category while the overall 2023-24 IJAS theme is “From Brains to Grains”.
Student essays should:


Describe a historic agricultural disaster and

develop a technology or device capable of preventing it.

Detail how you would go about
aggregating this innovation into agriculture as well.


New this year: Separate 7-8 and High School Divisions!

Format of the essay:
• Choose a topic that has been developed or is being theorized.
• Support your topic’s significance through research.
Structure of the essay:
• The author must follow the essay theme of "Aggregate and Innovate!”
• 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.


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 2024 Regional STEM Exhibition Project Registration form is here, selecting Essay (only projects selected by their school are allowed to enter the Exhibition). In completion of the form, you will submit your essay no later than January 12, 2024, for evaluation and selection. Please do not send paper copies or email. Late essays will not be accepted.

• Essay Cover Page (See link on CPS Science Fair website > Documents > Essay Cover Page or here:

• 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.