Civil Liberties in Science & Technology Awards
Basic Facts: Project-Based Essay Awards
Project-Based Essay Awards
Two awards of $500 for the winning student projects that identify and address a civil liberties challenge that is of significant concern in the area of science or engineering related to the student’s science fair project.
To encourage students to think and write about the implications of their submitted Science Fair projects with respect to science or technology and civil liberties issues. Project-based essay submissions will be a written report in parallel to a Science Fair project in which they evaluate their project in the context of relevant civil liberties issues.
You must have a Science or Engineering project accepted for the 2009 Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair. Each applicant may submit only one Civil Liberties project. This should be your own work, but you are free to consult with others. You must, of course, give credit to those who have helped you.
The Civil Liberties Project-Based Essay should include:
Title page (Project title, your name and email address, high school, and the names and affiliations of others who helped you);
Up to five pages of text (including any figures, graphs, tables or drawings); and
One page for a biography.
Font and page margins: Any standard font, 12 points or larger, 8½” x 11” paper with 1” margins. If submitting electronically, prepare using standard word processing software and/or as a PDF. Electronic submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project-Based Essays must be received on or before May 29, 2009. Upon receipt, the applications will be evaluated for completeness and relevance to the following criteria:
Significance: The Project-Based Essay should identify and address a civil liberties challenge that is of concern in the area of science relating to the student’s science fair project.
Civil Liberties Principles: Explicitly identifies and addresses civil liberties principles that are at stake.
Stakeholders: Identifies those who are at risk of some harm due to the conduct of or products of the science in question, and the stakes of these people in the outcome.
Solution: Recommends one or more clear courses of action.
Relevant literature: Considers relevant published work and provides a bibliography.
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