The Brain Essay Student Contest

Alvaro and Caroline, authors of the SharpBrains blog, announce the Brain Essay Student Contest:

What is the Brain Essay Student Contest?

A real-life experiment to connect high-school students and teachers of biology and psychology with science and psychology bloggers.

What will happen?

  1. Essay Submissions by May 10, 2007: students (or teachers, with each student’s consent) can use the form below to submit 400-800 word essays on the topic “Based on brain research, what is learning and how do we learn?”
  2. Evaluation and Publication by May 20, 2007: from all submissions, the jury —composed of the five bloggers below— will select the ten best essays based on the usefulness of the content and quality of writing. Each blogger will publish two winning essays in their blog on May 20. The jury is composed of leading blogs in their respective fields:
  3. A Blog Around The Clock
    Neurophilosophy
    Positive Psychology News Daily
    SharpBrains
    The Quick and the Ed

Is there a Prize?

Each winner will receive

  1. Recognition in the blogosphere. The essay will not only be published in a top blog, but submitted to a number of science, psychology and education blog carnivals.
  2. A free annual subscription to TuitionCoach, a personalized, internet-based program that de-mystifies the college financial aid process for students and their families and helps families find the best options to finance college choices.

Why is this happening?

One of the final recommendations of a recent science conference co-organized by Bora was to increase the flow of communication between bloggers and high-school students and teachers. Separately, Jeff, a high-school psychology teacher, sent us some essays by his students. We were amazed at their level, and in fact published one: “Tis better to give than receive”: oxytocin and dopamine.

Now we want to see if 1 + 1 can equal 10!

This is cool. How can I help?

If you are a student, please submit an essay that makes you proud!
If you are a teacher, please encourage your students to submit a good essay!
Everyone else: please help us spread the word by linking to this page! We will publish links to all collaborating blogs below the form.

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