Southwest Association for Education in Biomedical Research - SwAEBR

High School Essay Contest
Arizona Students Can Win a PAID Summer Internship!
New Mexico Students Can Win $150 Cash Prize!

The Southwest Association for Education in Biomedical Research sponsors an essay contest each spring for high school students. Winners in the Flagstaff, Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas receive a paid summer internship, which could range from 6 to 10 weeks, dependent on student and institution schedules, working in a research lab in one of the following institutions: Arizona State University, Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital, Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, Northern Arizona University, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, or The University of Arizona.  Winners from other high schools in Arizona (and New Mexico) who may be unable to work in these metropolitan areas receive a cash award of $150.  Finalists will also receive a cash prize.

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The purpose of this contest is to help identify and recognize students who can demonstrate superior understanding of the scientific process used in research, the importance of the use of animals in the medical and biological sciences, and who can artfully communicate that understanding in writing. All entries are judged on the basis of scientific accuracy, logic, originality, creativity, command of the English language and an understanding of the scientific process and the importance of use of animals in research.

The topic of the essay is:

 "How Biomedical Research Using Animals has Benefited a Pet, You, or Someone You Know

All high school students in public, private and parochial schools are eligible, providing they will be 16 years of age by the start of the summer internship.

** Postmark Deadline: March 21, 2014
Print poster for your classroomArizona or New Mexico

Submit essays in standard English with a bibliography that must cite several different references (may include documented oral sources).  Essays should be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, double-spaced and not to exceed 750 words.

Fill out a Coversheet

YOU MUST SUBMIT A COVERSHEET and essay by March 21st to:
 
SwAEBR, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210101, Tucson, AZ  85721-0101

  There should be no identifying information on the essay except for the title. 

Each essay should be the original work of the student who enters and becomes the property of SwAEBR upon submission.

For more information about the essay contest, call 520.621.3931 or contact SwAEBR Coordinator

** Postmark Deadline: March 21, 2014

Here is what past winners have had to say about their internship experience...

Stephanie, Internship in the Systematic Bioengineering Laboratory at the University of Arizona

Wafa, internship in the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Chris, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab

Claire, Internship at University of Arizona, Down Syndrome Research Group

Molly, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab

Ebaa, Internish at the University of Arizona Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Lab

Arya, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab 

Jordan, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute Neuroimmunology Lab

Julia, Internship at the University of Arizona Environmental Research Lab

Rachel - Internship at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Neurogenomics lab

Veronica, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Visual Science Lab

Michael, Internship at University of Arizona - Gene Expression Lab

Lauren, Internship at University of Arizona - Gene Expression Lab

Elise, Internship at University of Arizona - Urology Lab

Elizabeth, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute - Multiple Scleros

Beth, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute - Multiple Sclerosis research

Tasnuva, Internship at the University of Arizona - Ophthalmology research

Jennifer, Internship at Barrow Neurological Institute - Trauma research

Mia, Internship at the University of Arizona Lab for Environmental & Developmental Biology

Arielle, Internship completed at Barrow Neurological Institute

Melissa, Internship completed at Barrow Neurological Institute

Megan, Internship at the University of Arizona Lab for Environmental & Developmental Biology

Casey, Internship completed at University of Arizona

Aubrey, Internship completed internship at Harrington Arthritis Research Center

Megan, Internship at the University of Arizona Cytogenetics Lab

Kylie, Internship completed at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Elizabeth, Internship completed at Barrow Neurological Institute

KC, Internship completed at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Jessica, Internship completed at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Check out some of our past winning essays:

Tucson Winners 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Phoenix Winners 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
State Winners 2004, 2001

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for more chances to win cash and awards!

 

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