Black in physics seeks to
Inspire future Black physicists across the world via the communication of engaging physics research and through enhancing science literacy within the Black community.
Coupled with our Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, we seek to celebrate Black physicists and our contributions to the scientific community, and reveal a more complete picture of what a physicist looks like
Black and/or African American students in grades 6-8 (middle school) are encouraged to submit their essays to the competition.
The deadline has been extended to May 31st, 2022!
Essays must be submitted by
After the contest deadline, judges selected by Black In Physics will review the essay submissions, selecting eligible finalists. Essays will be evaluated based on their Mechanics, Development, and Organization. Successful essays will answer both parts of the prompt. All sources used or referenced should be cited according to the student’s preferred citation style.
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Learn about Black physicists who are, or have made, lasting contributions to society.
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This Juneteenth, join us in inspiring the next generation of Black physicists and astronomers.
Social media Resources for sharing
- Parents and teachers of Black middle school students! 📣📣 Have your student submit an essay to the @BlackInPhysics Juneteenth Essay Contest. 1st-5th places will be awarded a monetary prize. Find the contest rules and submission guidelines here: https://www.blackinphysics.org/juneteenth-essay-contest/
- What does Black representation mean to your middle school student? @BlackInPhysics is hosting a Juneteenth Essay contest prompting students to write about a notable Black physicist in history, and what their representation in STEM means for them. Learn more: https://www.blackinphysics.org/juneteenth-essay-contest/
- Black and African American middle school students are encouraged to participate in @BlackInPhysics’ Juneteenth Essay Contest! 📝 The deadline to submit is May 22nd, 2022. For more information, visit: https://www.blackinphysics.org/juneteenth-essay-contest/