2012 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge
For this year's challenge we received 107 essays — 56 from men and 51 from women.
Four CUNY 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
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 Professor in each field (Ruth Stark, Chemistry; Benjamin Ortiz, Physiology & Medicine; V. P. Nair, Physics; and June O'Neil, 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, Apple i-pads, and Kindle eBook readers, were presented at the ceremony.
2012 Nobel Challenge Committees<read more>
The committee members are listed below, and we thank them all for graciously giving their time to this effort.
Distinguished Professor Ruth Stark (The City College)
Physiology & Medicine
Professor Benjamin Ortiz (Hunter College)
Distinguished Professor V. Parameswaran Nair (The City College)
Professor June O’Neil (Baruch College)
Grand Prize External Committee
Dr. Stacie Bloom, Executive Director,