2009 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge
In response to our challenge to CUNY undergraduate students (for details related to the CUNY Nobel Science Challenge see link below), we received 101 essays—41 in physiology and medicine, 27 in physics, 21 in chemistry, and 12 in economics.
Four CUNY Distinguished Professors were invited to form and chair faculty committees, to review the essays submitted in each Nobel area. They then gave their committee recommendations for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The winners, were selected by the committees listed below.
CUNY undergraduate students were invited to submit an essay of 1000-1500 words that described the science behind one of this year's Nobel Prizes. Essays were read and judged by a distinguished CUNY faculty committee.
Physiology or Medicine
With a deft touch and plain prose, sophomore Kimberley Thompson from Borough of Manhattan Community College, was awarded the grand prize during the Nobel Science Challenge Award Ceremony. The ceremony was held Thursday February 25th 2010, at CUNY's 80th Street Central Office.
The CUNY Nobel Science Challenge was the brainchild of Vice Chancellor for Research, Gillian Small, who wanted CUNY's students to contribute to science literacy in New York City. The challenge was to write an essay describing the work that went into the 2010 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Economics, Physics, and Physiology/Medicine.
Each essay had to communicate the science in a way that could be understood by the general public. More than 100 essays were submitted from undergraduates across the CUNY system. <read more>
A CUNY Distinguished Professor in each field (Ruth Stark, Chemistry; Fred Naider, Physiology & Medicine; Myriam Sarachik, Physics; and Robert Schwartz, Economics) was asked to form and head a committee of CUNY faculty to review the essays in their category.
These committees selected first, second and third place prize winners in each category, and these awards, including Apple iMac computers, Dell netbooks, and Kindle eBook readers, were presented at the ceremony. As a bonus, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) awarded a 1-year membership to the four first place winners.
To show support for the winners surrounded by their families and friends, were CUNY Board of Trustees member Rita DiMartino, BMCC President Antonio Pérez, Associate University Dean of Academic Affairs at the Macauley Honors College Sylvia Tomasch, a number of CUNY provosts, several faculty mentors, including David Foster (Biology, Hunter College) and George John (Chemistry, City College), and World Science Festival co-Founder Tracy Day.