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CUNY undergraduate students are invited to describe, in 1000 – 1500 words, the scientific concepts behind the work for which one of the 2015 Nobel winners received their respective prize and the present and future significance of the research to humanity. The essays must make the science accessible to the lay person.
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 may be awarded to the best essay submitted.
Each Judging committee will select the top 6 essays, and the 6 finalists in each category will be invited to discuss their essays in person. The judges will then select the top three winning essays; the non-winning essays will receive honorable mentions.
The first prize winner in each category will receive an Apple iMac computer. Second prize winners will receive an Apple iPad, and an Amazon Kindle Fire will be awarded to each third place winner. If a Grand Prize winner is selected, s/he will receive $3,000.
WINNERS: William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura (awarded jointly) – “For their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.” & Youyou Tu – “For her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.”