Apply for the John Crerar Foundation Writing Prize for College Students

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Crerar Science Writing Prize

The annual John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students honors the memory of John Crerar – industrialist and philanthropist whose estate established the John Crerar Library.

This competitive award for excellence and clarity in science writing acknowledges the ability of a University of Chicago College student to produce a paper, on a scientific topic, which is thorough in its arguments but accessible to a broad readership.

First Prize is $1500
Second Prize is $500
Third Prize is $300

Deadline: APRIL 13, 2020

Science Writing Prize organizers will present a topic on which students may submit a paper. The chosen topic will be related to the physical and biomedical sciences. We encourage and welcome submissions from all perspectives.

An important component of the paper will be the bibliography, which must include citations from a variety of sources and may be presented in a bibliographic style of the student’s choosing. Students are encouraged to meet with one of the Library’s subject librarians for assistance locating sources or for other research advice in completing their paper.

Application Guidelines

Students, faculty, or staff who have questions regarding the prize may contact Rebecca Starkey, Head of Research and Instruction Services.