Announcing The 2014 DuPont Challenge Winners!

We proudly congratulate the top winners of The 2014 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition, as well as everyone who participated in the 28th year of The DuPont Challenge. Your excellent research and passionate writing in taking on the challenges—feeding the world, building a secure energy future, protecting people and the environment, and being innovative anywhere—provide great inspiration for what we can accomplish with science!

Because of their thought-provoking essays, the winnings students have earned great awards for themselves and for their teachers, which includes an expenses-paid awards trip to Orlando, FL!

See the full list of Junior Division Winners
See the full list of Senior Division Winners


(Grades 7, 8, and 9)

First Place:
Daniel Burgess

Northwest Junior High School
Coralville, IA
Sponsoring Teacher: Kris Thorson
Essay: The Energy of Ideas
(Read essay excerpt)

Second Place:
Reeves Balderson

Moorestown High School
Moorestown, NJ
Sponsoring Teacher: Kimberly Martin
Essay: Clean Energy, Clean Water!

Third Place:
Jack Dudley

Academy of Science
Sterling, VA
Sponsoring Teacher: Sundar Thirukkurungudi
Essay: Laser Scanning for Land Mines


(Grades 10, 11, and 12)

First Place:
William (Ray) Duan

Irvington High School
Fremont, CA
Sponsoring Teacher: Nicole Marsella-Jensen
Essay: Defeating Desertification: Magical Cyanobacteria
(Read essay excerpt)

Second Place:
Ashwin Reddy

The Wheatley School
Old Westbury, NY
Sponsoring Teacher: Thomas Van Bell
Essay: The Bionic Eye: The Key to Visual Acuity

Third Place:
Shaima Parveen

Livingston High School
Livingston, NJ
Sponsoring Teacher: Eric Weis
Essay: Lamp Lights the Way for the Future of Energy

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