2009 Darwin Essay Contest
The following announcement was sent to high schools in the OCDSB, and posted on the web at darwin2009ottawa.blogspot.com. I encourage everyone to promote this event, for example by talking to local high schools, printing the announcement and posting it at libraries, encouraging high-schoolers to enter, etc.
Essays should be based on one of the following topics/subtopics:
• Evolution and technology: evolutionary computing/genetic algorithms
• Evolution in biology: response of organisms to changes in their
– antibiotic and/or pesticide resistance
– impacts of climate change
• A conversation with Charles Darwin: Imagine having a conversation with
Charles Darwin: What would you tell him? What would you ask him? What would he
say about the world today?
Prizes: A first and second prize will be awarded in each grade category
2nd prize $25 Gift Certificate from Chapters Books plus a Darwin Tree-of-Life Tshirt
Prizes will be presented February 9, 2009 as part of the Darwin Week 2009 celebration at Carleton University
• Essays will be judged on scientific content, originality, and quality of writing
• Participation is open to residents of Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec
• Participants must be between 12 and 19 years of age as of 1 January, 2009
• Entries will not be returned to contestants
• The closing date of the contest is 30 January 2009; however there is a limit of 200 entries in each category, after which the contest will be closed
• The winner will be announced February 9, 2009 at Carleton; finalists will be notified by email a few days in advance.
• A copy of these rules, as well as links to information about Charles Darwin are available at darwin2009ottawa.blogspot.com
• Additional questions regarding this contest can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Entries must be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word format, by email to email@example.com
• Entries must be accompanied by the following information
– Email address
– Postal mail address
– Telephone number
The judges reserve the right to decline to award any prizes, if there are no suitable entries.