AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Student Essay Competition


  1. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program.
  2. Students may be enrolled in any discipline. Students enrolled in life science, physical science, social science, health, engineering or mathematics programs are especially encouraged to participate.
  3. Students may be enrolled in any accredited college or university. There is no geographic restriction.
  4. Submissions should be written in the form of an analytical or critical paper that shows deep, careful thinking, a consideration of different perspectives, and raises thought-provoking questions. For example, potential essay topics might include: the applications of a scientific approach or a new technology to address specific human rights concerns; an analysis of connections between human rights obligations and the social responsibilities of scientists, engineers and/or health professionals; or the ways in which full implementation of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress may influence realization of other human rights. These examples are only provided to spark ideas: students are encouraged to write essays that reflect their own ideas, interests, and insights.
  5. Papers written for courses are eligible, but all papers must be the original, unpublished work of an individual student. 
  6. Each student may submit only one essay.
  7. Entries must be submitted online through the essay competition website, which will be open from 1 May 12:00 am EDT to 4 June 11:59 pm EDT. Late submissions will not be accepted.