The CUNY Faculty Senate announces the 2010 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge: The Science Behind the Prize:
A Competition for CUNY Undergraduate Students.

The Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics were recently announced. CSI students are invited to describe, in 1,000 to 1,500 words, the scientific concepts behind the work for which one of the 2010 Nobel winners received his/her respective prize and the present and future significance of the research to humanity. The outlines must make the science accessible to the layperson. 

The essays will be read and judged by a distinguished CUNY faculty committee. Three prizes will be awarded in each category (physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics) and one additional prize will be awarded to the best essay submitted. 

The prizes are as follows:

-First Prize: Apple iMac Computer
-Second Prize: Apple iPad
-Third Prize: Amazon Kindle wireless reading device
The entrees of First Prize winners from each category will be forwarded to a second faculty committee that will select the Grand Prize winner for the best essay submitted overall. The winner will receive a Grand Prize of $3,000.

Essays must be submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. They should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and submitted by email with the subject heading: “CUNY Nobel Science Challenge – your essay category” and should be sent to

Questions may also be submitted to the email address above.

Please note:

-Essays must be your own original and independent work.
-Essays will be judged on accuracy and clarity.
-The Challenge is open to all undergraduate students currently registered in a degree program at CUNY.

Winners will be announced in February 2011.

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