Choosing Your Topic
When deciding on a topic, let yourself think about the diverse areas of study within the wide world of science. Some of them—though by no means all—are in the list below. They are all possible broad subject areas from which you might choose a more narrow topic:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Computer Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Food & Nutrition
Use the following points to help you focus as you conduct your research and write your essay:
- Describe how your topic captured your interest—through studies in school, exposure in the media, personal experience, etc. Indicate its importance to science, technology, society, and the future.
- Provide background information about your topic. If it concerns a new development, mention what was known about it before and how scientists are exploring the topic now.
- Express YOUR point of view and explain why you hold it—but respect the perspectives of others.
Now check out some tips on how to Prepare a Winning Essay.
The DuPont Challenge 2011 Awards Trip Highlights
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