Research Paper Contest
For Students Age 11-18 (as of October 2, 2010)
(student's age will be considered in judging)

Your Research Paper Should Directly or Indirectly Answer the Question:

How Does Human Anatomy and/or Physiology
Support the Biblical Account of the Creation of Humans?

1st Place Prize: Dell Inspiron 17 inch Laptop Computer
2nd Place Prize: Dell Inspiron 15 inch Laptop Computer
3rd Place Prize: Dell Inspiron 14 inch Laptop Computer
4th - 10th Place Prizes: $25 Amazon Gift Certificates


The purpose of this contest is to build knowledge and encourage the development of skills: in scientific research and writing, using the APA style for a research paper, and in using analytical and critical thinking in the process of creating a quality research paper. Researching and using the APA style is also part of the learning process involved in preparing this research paper.

To research the APA style for a research paper, talk to your librarian, do research online, buy a book on the subject, etc. The Purdue Online Writing Lab is also a good resource.

Topic of Your Research Paper

The topic of your research paper should include some specific aspect(s) of anatomy and/or physiology of the human body. Be unique, creative, original - think outside the box - dig deep!
Hint: lots of people write about the eye. It certainly is an incredible part of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. But, unless you focus on some small aspect of the eye and explain in detail how it supports creation, or have some unique take on the eye, you'll be writing something  similar to many other people. Be unique, creative, original!

Guidelines

Open to all students 11-18 years-old on October 2, 2010
(student's age will be considered when papers are judged)

The research, writing, and structure of the paper should be done by the student

Minimal guidance from parents is acceptable

Research paper should be titled and between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length

Structure should follow APA guidelines for research papers

All references must be cited

Do not include graphics in your research paper

Students may use a variety of resources such as books, internet sites (reliable resources only - Wikepedia, for example, would not qualify), personal interviews, etc.

The research paper should be typed and printed on 8.5 x 11 paper with black ink and stapled in the upper left corner

A separate sheet of paper should be included in the envelope to include: student's name, age as of October 1, 2010, parent's name, complete mailing address, email address and telephone number

Top five students will be interviewed by telephone (five to ten minutes) on the topic of their paper

Research paper should be mailed flat in a 9 x 12 envelope - entries will not be returned

Research paper must be mailed (postmarked) between November 1 and November 15, 2010 to:
(Envelopes postmarked after November 15, 2010 will not be accepted)
Greg Landry, M.S.
138 Rocky Maple Ave
Boone, NC  28607


Common Errors

Here are common errors (from previous contests) to avoid in your research paper:

- Too few citations
- Incorrectly structured citations
- Not following all contest instructions exactly as stated
- Use of unreliable internet resources
- Using graphics within the research paper
- Regurgitating textbook explanations without original thought and without explaining the relationship to creation


Register For Contest

To register for this research paper contest, mail a single sheet of paper to:
Greg Landry, M.S.
138 Rocky Maple Ave
Boone, NC  28607

Deadline to register is (postmarked by) October 2, 2010

Sheet of paper should only include:
Student's name and email address
Parent's name and email address
Parent's daytime phone number
Student's age as of October 2, 2010
Complete mailing address
A statement indicating that you're registering for this contest
and that the paper will be researched and written by you.
Signature of parent and student


Judging Criteria

Research papers will be judged based upon:

Creativity in research and writing
Originality
Merit of content
Technical skills such as writing, grammar, etc.
Ability to write clearly and logically
Scientific merit
Meeting all contest guidelines

Winners will be announced on December 1, 2010 in our newsletter