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The juneteenth essay contest is a milestone on achieving our vision

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

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”

Harriet Tubman


Black and/or African American students in grades 6-8 (middle school) are encouraged to submit their essays to the competition.


Essays must be submitted by May 31st, 2022. Pdf and Microsoft Word documents (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) will be accepted. An optional art component that answers the prompt in a creative way is encouraged and all submissions will be shared on the Black In Physics site and social media platforms.


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.


Live chat with librarians & historians from the American Institute of Physics below on Thursday, April 28th or Monday, May 16th from 4-6pm EDT! Email us any time at and we will reply within 1 business day.

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  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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: