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Essay Competition

High school students: Enter the first biannual American Institute for Technology and Science Education (AITSE) essay contest and, if you win, receive a $500 prize and a chance to have your work with bio published on our website!

This is a unique opportunity for students between the ages of 14 and 18 to both hone their bunk-detecting radar and to educate others on science conducted and presented with integrity.

To enter, just fill in the form below, write a short essay, and send it to us along with a $25 processing fee.  Details below:

Topic:  “Bunk or Not Bunk” Choose a website, Internet, magazine or newspaper article, or another source presenting a scientific or medical claim. Analyze these claims using the AITSE Bunk-Detecting Principles to show whether the information was impartially presented with scientific integrity–or whether bunk should be suspected. Be sure not to plagiarize and to reference all assertions.


600-800 words

Typed, 12 point font, 1” margins, double spaced

Name on each page

TIP: Be sure to check your spelling and grammar!

Entry Form:

* indicates required field

Acceptable file types: doc,pdf,txt,gif,jpg,jpeg,png.
Maximum file size: 1mb.

Please copy and paste the following sentence into the Consent to Release of Information box: “If my essay should win this competition, I hereby give permission for the essay and my biographical information (name, age, and school) to be displayed on the AITSE website.”

Submission fee:         $25 by PayPal via the AITSE donate page, check or money order.

Essays received will be acknowledged by email. A winning essay will be announced in June and in December of every year. Submit your essay by April 30 or October 31 to have it considered in the next round.