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Undergrad Essay Contest: $19,500 in Prizes


The Culture of Enterprise Project annually sponsors an international student essay contest on the topic

Can Character and Communities Survive in an Age of Globalization?

 The contest is designed to encourage students to reflect on the relationship between free enterprise and the institutions and mores that define a particular culture. Essay length is between 2,500 to 3,000 words.

Deadline: December 31, 2011

Open for: Global. Undergraduate students only.

Prize Total: $19,500

1st $10,000 cash

2nd $5,000 cash

3rd $2,000 cash

4th $1,500 cash

5th $1,000 cash

+ Honorable mentions receive a small library of classic texts.

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Use 5000 words to get $10k


How many times have you seen this status update?

5,000 words done and 5 hours of my life I’ll never get back!

What if you could get those hours back? We’re still waiting on that time machine, but for now call me an alchemist, because I know a way you can turn that essay into gold…

Okay, maybe not gold – but however you decide to spend your cash prize from an essay competition is your prerogative.

Let me show you what I mean.

Here are some upcoming essay competitions by subject. Find what you’re studying and just do it. Seriously, it’s 500 bucks with your name on it in a click! These contests are organized by reputable universities from across the country and around the world with loads of money to give away.

2012 Alltech Young Scientist Award

Subject: science, agriculture, veterinary science, social sciences

Prize Details: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $150.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.

Culture of Enterprise Student Essay Contest

Subject: anthropology, social sciences, humanities, international development, international relations

Prize Details: 1st: $10,000 cash. 2nd: $5,000 cash. 3rd: $2,000 cash. 4th: $1,500 cash. 5th: $1,000 cash.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.

So go for it! Reduce, reuse, and recycle old projects, papers, and assignments and turn them into gold. And if you win, let me know! I would love to hear from you and share your accomplishment with the crowd.


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2 Events with Incredible Prizes


Money and goodies: two of the best reasons to participate in a competition!! There are lots of great competitions out there, but the news of these competitions rarely reaches its  target audience. That’s why we’ve decided to locate and list some of the best that also offer some of the coolest prizes.

Whether it’s a world-class adventure or just a pile of cash that you are after, these competitions have got you covered!

The 2011-2012 International Student Design Competition for a Sustainable Laboratory in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Field: Technology & Engineering; Architecture
Open to: Bachelor, Master
Deadline:  1 May 2012
Prize Offered:
1st Prize: $14,000
Are you an architecture and/or engineering student? If so, then you are invited to participate in an International Student Competition to find the best design for the new  Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center (MREC) . The MREC will be located in Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve, a National Park unit on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Participants in the design competition are encouraged to provide new and innovative thinking for the MREC design, to produce the most energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs possible.  Students must creatively pursue the highest level of energy and environmental sustainability through the integration of design and engineering strategies that take into account the operation and maintenance of the laboratory facility and the campus. Students should view their submissions as concepts that will incentivize the use of their strategies throughout the Caribbean basin.
Field: Medical
Open to: Bachelor, Master, PHD, Non Student
Deadline:  4 October 2013
Prize Offered:
1st Place: $7,500,000
2nd Place:$2,500,000
3rd Place: $1,000,000

Scientists know that a map of our genome holds boundless potential, ranging from identifying our susceptibility to disease to discovering cures for cancer. But since 1953, when James Watson and Francis Crick concluded that DNA contained the “stuff of life,” only a handful of human genomes have been mapped. In fact, it still takes many months and millions of dollars to sequence a single genome. Understanding our genomes may help delay or even prevent disease. For those suffering from genetic illnesses, personal genetic information can determine which medicines will drive their disease into remission without negative side-effects.

The Archon Genomics X PRIZE challenges scientists and engineers to create better, cheaper and faster ways to sequence genomes. The knowledge gained by compiling and comparing a library of human genomes will create a new era of preventive and personalized medicine — and transform medical care from reactive to proactive. The X PRIZE Foundation and scientists the world over dream of the day when we fully understand the human genetic blueprint — enabling us to make informed decisions about our own health and create a brighter future for generations to come.
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