2011 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge
In response to our challenge to CUNY undergraduate students we received 126 essays - 45 in physiology and medicine, 37 in Physics, 24 in Chemistry, and 20 in Economics.
A CUNY Professor in each field (Ruth Stark, Chemistry; Laurel Eckhart, Physiology & Medicine; V. Parameswaran Nair , Physics; and Howard Chernick, Economics) was asked to form and head a committee of CUNY faculty to review the essays in their category. 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
The Nobel Science Challenge Award Ceremony was held Wednesday February 29th 2012, at CUNY's 80th Street Central Office, where the grand prize was awarded to senior Viacheslav Manichev a Junior from Hunter College.
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 2011 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 150 essays were submitted from undergraduates across the CUNY system. <read more>
Each committee selected first, second and third place prize winners in each category, and these awards, including Apple iMac computers, i-pads, 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.