Invitation to Essay Contest Participants and Judges!

If you know 7th or 8th grade students, encourage them to enter NWABR’s essay contest, “Biomedical Breakthroughs and My Life”!  Classes of students or individuals are encouraged to sign up by Jan. 10th but later registration is permitted.  The link to registration is at

If you are a researcher and would like to judge these wonderful essays, sign up at

Students will strengthen their writing, research and interviewing skills while discovering the role of scientists in biomedical research and the relevance of biomedical research to themselves, their family or their pets.  They may choose topics that allow them to investigate the development of medications that they are taking, the medical device implants received by relatives or the shots given to their pets.  They must include evidence of how the use of animals or humans in clinical trials have advanced research and medical treatments.

Every student will receive comments about their essay from the researchers serving as judges.  Judges receive scoring criteria and will participate in one or two rounds of judging between March 14 and April 2.  The process takes place electronically – essays are sent by email and scoring is done online – so there is no geographic limit to who can be a judge.

Winning students in the general category and English Language Learner category will receive a cash prize and be invited to an Awards Day at a research facility.  Teachers and parents of winning students are also invited to the Awards Day to meet scientists and engage in tours and hands-on activities.

Contest Timeline:
Jan. 10        “Intent to participate” registration encouraged
March 9      Essay submission date
April 13       Winners announced
May             Awards Day event

For more information, visit NWABR’s website,, or contact Reitha Weeks at or 206-957-3337 x305.


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