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MSMR's 20th Annual Student Competition

January 15 - April 18, 2011

Based on What A Year! Twelve Months of Science Discoveries

A Student Essay, Poster or Video Competition !


Level 1 Competition

Grades 7 - 8

Level 2 Competition

Grades 9 - 12


Awards in Each Level

1st Place - $500

2nd Place - $250

3rd Place - $100

Honorable Mention - Certificate of Merit

Classroom Education Grants for the Teachers, Advisors

or Leaders of the winning students

1st Place - $100

2nd Place - $50

3rd Place - $25

All winning and honorable mention students and their parents and teacher are invited to the MSMR Annual Dinner in June, where the wining entries will be highlighted.

This Year's Competition Challenge

The competition reflects MSMR’s popular WHAT A YEAR! science discovery website (www., that turns research advances into educational opportunities.

You will create and submit a Poster, Essay or Video exploring a recent research advance at a New England research institution as if you were the WHAT A YEAR! reporter.

Go to the WHAT A YEAR! website and read some of the stories in order to understand the goal of WHAT A YEAR! to introduce breakthrough science to students.

To Enter

  1. Find a research discovery/breakthrough from scientists at a New England research institution during late 2009 or 2010.
  2. Then tell the story of the discovery via an Essay, Poster or Video, using a balance of text and graphics, being sure to include all the required elements (see details in the Student Packet, below). 

There are useful ideas in the Student Packet on how to find a good story.

Topics should not be ones that are already reported the WHAT A YEAR! website: you should uncover a topic of special interest to you -- an area of biology, a disease or condition, a specific researcher or research institution, for example.

The Student Packet and Entry Form below will help you find discoveries, plan, create and submit your entry. Please read them and follow their guidance carefully.

We accept entries only in electronic format. Essays and Posters are submitted as e-mail attachments in PDF format; Videos will be uploaded to our YouTube™ account. Please read through the entire Student Packet for detailed information. Essays and Posters must be individual work; Videos may be created by individuals or teams of two.


2011 Student Packet

2011 Entry Form


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