Science and Technology in the 2012 Elections Contest
If you could send a message on a science, technology, or energy issue to the next U.S. president and Congress, what would it be?
Voice your vision for science, technology, and society to win cash and other prizes!
GRAND PRIZE: $2,000
Energy transitions. Climate change. Stem cells. Nanotechnology. Space security. Neglected diseases. Nuclear weapons.
Science and technology issues are extremely important in U.S. policy and society. The next U.S. president, Congress, and local leaders will confront topics that matter to young people, such as climate change, energy security, space policy, and U.S. economic competitiveness in science and engineering.
The MIT student who started the SPUSA election guide in 2004 thought that input from young people everywhere could help guide the direction of U.S. science and technology policy. These issues affect not only the United States, but the international community as well. You are encouraged to tell the next president and Congress what initiatives you think they should take to address your science, technology, or energy issue. Make your voice heard about these critical issues today!
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Here’s how to deliver your message:
- YouTube Video/Flash Video (just send us the YouTube link) 5-minute limit or
- Digital Audio/Podcast 5-minute limit or
- Written Essay/Editorial 750-word limit
- Grand Prize: $2,000
- Second Prize: $1,000
- Third Prize: $500
- Honorable Mention: Free SPUSA Gear and Promotion of Your Idea
Prize monies are provided by the Professional Masters in Science & Technology Program at Arizona State University and Student Pugwash USA.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: November 4, 2012
TO ENTER: Fill out the Registration Form and attach or link to your submission. Please see the checklist below before submitting in your submission.
ELIGIBILITY: Please ensure that your submission is eligible and complete before submitting it. Your entry must directly address the question above to be eligible. Submissions that endorse a particular political candidate for office will not be accepted. Contestants must be between the ages of 16-25, and/or enrolled part-time in an accredited high school or university, at the time of submission to be eligible to win prizes. Read the guidelines below and our FAQ before submitting. If your question is still not answered, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When awaiting a response, please bear in mind that Student Pugwash's business hours are 9am-5pm Pacific Time. We look forward to receiving your submission!
QUESTIONS? Read our FAQ Page!
Before you submit your entry, do the following:
- Made sure your entry sends a specific message to the next U.S. president and Congress on a science, technology, or energy issue.
- Read the contest guidelines and rules to ensure your entry is eligible (below).
- Read the FAQ Page
- Make sure your entry complies with the 750-word limit for essays and 5-minute limit for sound or video.
- Proofread your entry.
- Included your name on your submission.
- All entries must be the contestant's original work and must not infringe on copyright laws. Make sure you have permission to use any material that is not your own and give credit to the author. See the FAQ Page for details.
- Please do not submit essays in Word Perfect format. Text files and Microsoft Word documents are acceptable formats.
- Expect to receive a confirmation email within four business days from email@example.com. Please make sure that your spam filter accepts mail from this address in order to receive important communications regarding the contest/
- Eligibility: The contest is open to all U.S. citizens ages 16-25, and/or students enrolled at least part-time in an accredited high school or university. An eligible minor must have his/her parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to participate in this contest. Employees of Student Pugwash and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.
- The contest launch date is August 27 at 8:00am EDT. Deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EDT on October 1.
- How to Enter: Please fill out the registration form and attach your submission. If you do not receive confirmation within four business days, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are only able to accept electronic submissions
- Submissions that endorse a particular political candidate for office will not be accepted.
- We will not accept submissions that have been used in another contest or will be submitted to another contest.
- Entries should be well thought-out. Avoid defamatory or discriminatory statements and harsh language.
- Some submissions may be posted on Student Pugwash’s 2012 election guide at www.spusa.org/2012vote.
- Judging: Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based content (including well thought-out ideas and relevance to the contest theme (60%), presentation (including grammar and structure) (20%), and creativity (20%). Our panel of judges will be announced soon! All decisions of the judges are final and binding.
- Contest winners will be notified by email by early November.
Questions? Email email@example.com. Please carefully review all of the information on this page before contacting us.
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- By participating, the contestant grants Student Pugwash royalty-free permission to post his/her entry on www.spusa.org for viewing.
- Acceptance of a cash prize constitutes consent to use the winner’s name, likeness, and entry for publicity and media purposes.
- A parent or guardian of any participant who is a minor must sign a release on behalf of the minor to be eligible to receive a prize.
- Proof of age may be required before prizes are awarded.
- Prizes are not substitutable or transferable.
- Student Pugwash is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which are void.
- Winner is solely responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.
- By participating, contestants, or their parent/legal guardian, agree to abide by these rules.
- Student Pugwash reserves the right to make no awards or fewer awards if it deems that there are an insufficient number of acceptable entries.
- An anonymized version or your submission may be used for academic research purposes.
- No purchase necessary to enter.