CUNY Nobel Science Challenge FAQs

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There will be a First, Second and Third Prize winner in each category:

First Prize:  Apple iMac Computer

Second Prize: Apple iPad

Third Prize: Amazon Kindle wireless reading device

First Prize winners from each category will be forwarded to a second committee that will select the Grand Prize winner for the best essay submitted overall.  The winner will receive a Grand Prize of $3,000.




Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the basic requirements for essay submissions?

Essays must be your own original and independent work.

Essays will be judged on accuracy, clarity, and accessibility to the general public.

The Challenge is open to all first degree , undergraduate students currently registered in a degree program at CUNY. First place winners from previous years are not eligible for the challenge.

Each student may submit one essay only.

2) What are the formatting requirements?

Essays must be submitted in the following format:

  • Portrait page setup.
  • Single-spaced.
  • 12 pt font.
  • Submissions are expected to be 1000-1500 words.
  • One-inch (1") margins.
  • Submissions may include cited references in any acceptable bibliographic format. Bibliography will not be counted in the essay word count. You must cite your sources within the text and as a list at the end of the document.
  • Submissions must include the student's name , college , major (declared or intended), and class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) on all pages.
  • All submissions must be made in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .rtf) or Adobe (.pdf) formats. 

Scanned documents will not be accepted.

3. Diagrams, Figures, Images, Charts, and Tables?

Submitted essays may include supplemental graphics and any graphics from other sources must be appropriately referenced in the bibliography. Figure legends or taptions, tables or charts do not affect word count.


4. How do I submit my essay? 

Essays must be submitted by December 3, 2012 in Microsoft Word or PDF format to

Please use subject heading: " CUNY Nobel Science Challenge: [Your Subject: Physics/Chemistry/Physiology or Medicine/Economics] "

In the email text, include the best telephone number where you can be contacted.

Nobel Winners 2012



Physiology or Medicine    

For the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent
Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka



For ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems
Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland



For studies of G-protein-coupled receptors
Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka



For the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design
Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley