Essay Contest 2017
"Human Interaction With Earth Systems"
About the Contest
AGI is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2017. The essay theme for this year is: "Human Interaction With Earth Systems"
Please see below for contest guidelines.
Click here to download the essay contest entry form.
Who can enter?
The essay contest is open to any interested person in grades 6-9. You must also be a resident of the United States to enter.
What is the subject of the essay?
Your essay should focus on the topic “Human Interaction With Earth Systems”
Earth science expands our understanding of, among other things, human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes. Geoscientists explore the relationship between human activity and the geosphere (earth), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life). Their impact can be seen in areas such as energy, technology, climate change, the environment, natural disasters, industry, agriculture, recreation, and tourism. Focusing on one topic, explain how geoscience helps us make the most of opportunities and manage challenges.
How long should the essay be?
The essay must be no more than 300 words. Longer essays will be rejected unread.
What do I need to submit?
A valid submission will contain the following information:
1. A typed essay in English of no more than 300 words, focusing on the topic "Human Interaction With Earth Systems." Each essay must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.
2. Your personal information, printed at the top of the essay:
First and last name (as it appears on your entry form)
Word count of essay
3. A completed and signed entry form. Print out the entry form here and send it to us when you send your essay. Entries cannot be accepted without a signed entry form.
How should I submit my essay and entry form?
Essays must be submitted electronically. Paste the text of your essay, along with your contact information, into the body of an e-mail. Essays attached as separate file attachments will not be accepted. Electronic submissions must be sent to email@example.com with the subject heading as “ESW 2017 Essay Contest.”
Entry forms may be submitted electronically as an attachment or by mail. Fill out your form, including the signature of a parent or guardian. Electronically submitted permission forms must be scanned and sent, along with essays, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading as “ESW 2017 Essay Contest.”
All mailed entry forms must be sent to:
Earth Science Week 2017 Essay Contest
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302-1502
IMPORTANT:Whether you use mail or e-mail, you must still submit a completed and signed entry form. You may mail the form separately to the address above, or scan the completed form and send it electronically along with your essay. If you mail the entry form separately, please indicate WHEN you sent your essay electronically.
If you have any problems submitting your essay, please e-mail the Earth Science Week staff at email@example.com.
When is the deadline?
All submissions must be received electronically by 5 p.m. ET, Friday, October 13, 2017.
Entry forms may be submitted electronically or by mail. The deadline for emailing your entry form is 5 p.m. ET, Friday, October 13, 2017. Mailed entry forms must be postmarked no later than October 13, 2017.
How will the essays be judged?
The essays will be judged by a panel of geoscientists on grammar, content, presentation, creativity, and, most importantly, relevance to and incorporation of the topic.
What are the prizes?
The selected entry will win $300 and a copy of AGI’s The Geoscience Handbook. The winner's and finalists' names and entries will be posted on the Earth Science Week website. No cash substitution for prizes will be permitted, and prizes are nontransferable.
Additional Rules: By submitting an entry, an entrant represents that the essay is an original work, and the entrant is the sole owner of all rights to the essay. An entrant also agrees to allow the American Geosciences Institute to use his or her name to post on the AGI web site, without compensation unless prohibited. Each entrant retains his or her rights to their essay but grants to AGI a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the essay, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any AGI purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion. AGI will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. The American Geosciences Institute, its agents and contractor, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law. AGI reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of AGI are final and binding.
- UPSC Mains 2014: Essay Paper
- Section-A (125 marks)
- Section-B (125 marks)
- Comparison: Essay paper 2013 vs 2014
- Bogus marketing propaganda
- Essay-list: Topic wise last 22 years (1993-2014)
- Economy, Development
- Indian Democracy, society, culture, mindset
- International issues
- Quote based / Philosophical
- Polity, administration
- Women empowerment
- Essaylist: Yearwise Last 22 years (1993-2014)
UPSC Mains 2014: Essay Paper
- Exam date: 14th December 2014. From 9 AM to 12 Noon, 3 hours duration.
- The essay must be written in the medium authorized in the admission certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this question-cum-answer (QCA) booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in medium other than authorized one.
- Word limit, as specified, should be adhered to.
- Any page or portion of the page left blank, must be struck off clearly.
- Write TWO Essays, choosing ONE from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each : 125×2= Total 250 marks.
- ~10-11 blank pages were given for each section.
Section-A (125 marks)
Write any one of the following essay in 1000-1200 words.
- With greater power comes greater responsibility.
- Is the growing level of competition good for the youth?
- Are the standardized tests good measure of academic ability or progress?
- Words are sharper than the two-edged sword.
Section-B (125 marks)
Write any one of the following essay in 1000-1200 words.
- Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country?
- Is sting operation an invasion on privacy?
- Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India?
- Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India?
Analysis of UPSC Mains Essay 2014 Paper
- @Mains-Players: which essay did you write and what points did you include in it? (Reply after Mains is over.)
- @Non-Mains 2013 players: Which essay would you write and what points will you include in it? (You may post comment right now!)
- @Hindi Medium: Those who want to see Hindi version of those essay topics–, click me for the photo of Question paper. Image courtesy: “Jude_Prudence”, long time reader of the site.
|they’ve specifically instructed “Not more than 2500” words||Two essays, 1000-1200 words for each.|
|Attempt one out of four essays.Despite speculation that more than one essay will be asked.||Candidates were required to write two essays. And I welcome this UPSC-reform. because|
|250 marks | 3 hours||same|
|proverb /quote type topic: Be the change you want to see in others (Gandhi)|
|Only one essay in ‘question’ format: Is the Colonial mentality hindering India’s Success?||6 out of 8 topics were in question format- requiring you to take a “Stand”.|
|following topics were in news but not asked as essay topics:||Following topics were in news but not asked as essay topics:|
Bogus marketing propaganda
Few months back, I had started weekly Essay quotes list. But I don’t see any of them directly / indirectly asked here hehehe.
Essay-list: Topic wise last 22 years (1993-2014)
- Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country? -2014
- Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India? -2014
- GDP (Gross Domestic Product) along with GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) would be the right indices for judging the wellbeing of a country-2013
- Is the criticism that the ‘Public-Private-Partnership’ (PPP) model for development is more of a bane than a boon in the Indian context, justified ?-2012
- Protection of ecology and environment is essential for sustained economic development. -2006
- BPO boom in India. -2007
- Globalization would finish small-scale industries in India. -2006
- Economic growth without distributive justice is bound to breed violence. -1993
- Ecological considerations need not hamper development. -1993
- Multinational corporations – saviours or saboteurs -1994
- Special economic zone : boon or bane -2008
- Resource management in the Indian context. -1999
- Should a moratorium be imposed on all fresh mining in tribal areas of the country? -2010
- Are our traditional handicrafts doomed to a slow death? -2009
- The focus of health care is increasingly getting skewed towards the ‘haves’ of our society. -2009
- Urbanization is a blessing in disguise. -1997
- Is the growing level of competition good for the youth? -2014
- Are the standardized tests good measure of academic ability or progress? -2014
- Modern technological education and human values. -2002
- Credit – based higher education system – status , opportunities and challenges -2011
- “Education for all” campaign in India: myth or reality. -2006
- Privatization of higher education in India. -2002
- Irrelevance of the classroom. -2001
- Value-based science and education. -1999
- Is an egalitarian society possible by educating the masses ? -2008
- Independent thinking should be encouraged right form the childhood. -2007
- Restructuring of Indian education system. -1995
- Literacy is growing very fast, but there is no corresponding growth in education. -1996
- What is real education? -2005
Indian Democracy, society, culture, mindset
- Is sting operation an invasion on privacy? -2014
- Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India? -2014
- Is the Colonial mentality hindering India’s Success?-2013
- In the context of Gandhiji’s views on the matter, explore, on an evolutionary scale, the terms ‘Swadhinata’, ‘Swaraj’ and ‘Dharmarajya’. Critically comment on their contemporary relevance to Indian democracy -2012
- Does Indian cinema shape our popular culture or merely reflect it? -2011
- Indian culture today: a myth or a reality? -2000
- Modernism and our traditional socio-ethical values. -2000
- Youth culture today. -1999
- Mass media and cultural invasion. -1999
- The composite culture of India. -1998
- The Indian society at the crossroads. -1994
- Geography may remain the same ; history need not. -2010
- From traditional Indian philanthropy to the gates-buffet model-a natural progression or a paradigm shift? -2010
- Modernisation and westernisation are not identical concepts. -1994
- New cults and godmen: a threat to traditional religion -1996
- How has satellite television brought about cultural change in Indian mindsets? -2007
- ‘ globalization’ vs. ‘ nationalism’ -2009
- National identity and patriotism -2008
- Responsibility of media in a democracy. -2002
- Why should we be proud of being Indians? -2000
- True religion cannot be misused. -1997
- Globalizations and its impact on Indian culture. -2004
- India’s role in promoting asean co-operation. -2004
- The masks of new imperialism. -2003
- As civilization advances culture declines. -2003
- The implications of globalization for India. -2000
- My vision of an ideal world order. -2001
- India’s contribution to world wisdom. -1998
- The world of the twenty-first century. -1998
- Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role. -2010
- The global order: political and economic -1993
- Importance of indo-u.s. nuclear agreement -2006
- Good fences make good neighbors -2009
- Terrorism and world peace -2005
- Restructuring of uno reflect present realities -1996
Quote based / Philosophical
- With greater power comes greater responsibility. -2014
- Words are sharper than the two-edged sword. -2014
- Be the change you want to see in others (Gandhi)-2013
- Discipline means success , anarchy means ruin -2008
- Attitude makes, habit makes character and character makes a man. -2007
- There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. -2003
- Search for truth can only be a spiritual problem. -2002
- Spirituality and scientific temper. -2003
- Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of civilisation. -1995
- Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. -1995
- Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, oldage a regret -1994
- Useless life is an early death. -1994
- He would reigns within himself and folds his passions and desires and fears is more than a king. -1993
- Compassion is the basic of all morality would -1993
- If youth knew, if age could. -2002
- The paths of glory lead but to the grave. -2002
- The pursuit of excellence. -2001
- Truth is lived, not taught -1996
- Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative , economic and developmental implication -2011
- Evaluation of panchayati raj system in India from the point of view of eradication of power to people. -2007
- Justice must reach the poor -2005
- Water resources should be under the control of the central government. -2004
- The misinterpretation and misuse of freedom in India. -1998
- The language problem in India: its past, present and prospects. -1998
- Reservation, politics and empowerment. -1999
- When money speaks, the truth is silent. -1995
- How should a civil servant conduct himself? -2003
- Politics without ethics is a disaster. -1995
- Judicial activism. -1997
- The vip cult is a bane of Indian democracy -1996
- Need for transparency in public administration -1996
- Whither Indian democracy? -1995
- Politics, bureaucracy and business – fatal triangle. -1994
- How far has democracy in India delivered the goods? -2003
- What we have not learnt during fifty years of independence. -1997
- My vision of India in 2001 a.d. -1993
- In the Indian context , both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism -2011
- Is autonomy the best answer to combat balkanization? -2007
- The country’s need for a better disaster management system. -2000
- Are we a ‘soft ’ state ? -2009
- Role of media in good governance -2008
- Judicial activism and Indian democracy. -2004
- What have we gained from our democratic set-up? -2001
- Urbanisation and its hazards -2008
- Food security for sustainable national development -2005
- Science and technology is the panacea for the growth and security of the nation-2013
- Science and Mysticism : Are they compatible ?-2012
- Computer: the harbinger of silent revolution. -1993
- The march of science and the erosion of human values. -2001
- The modern doctor and his patients. -1997
- Increasing computerization would lead to the creation of a dehumanized society. -2006
- The cyberworld: its charms and challenges. -2000
- The lure of space. -2004
- Managing work and home – is the Indian working woman getting a fair deal ?-2012
- Men have failed: let women take over. -1993
- Women’s reservation bill would usher in empowerment for women in India. -2006
- The hand that rocks the cradle -2005
- If women ruled the world -2005
- Whither women’s emancipation? -2004
- Empowerment alone cannot help our women. -2001
- Women empowerment: challenges and prospects. -1999
- Woman is god’s best creation. -1998
- Greater political power alone will not improve women’s plight. -1997
- The new emerging women power: the ground realities. -1995
Same Essaylist: Yearwise Last 22 years (1993-2014)- Click to Expand
|2014||write one essay from each sectionSection-A|
|2011||1. Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative , economic and developmental implication2. Does Indian Cinema shape our popular culture or merely reflect it3. Credit – based higher education system – status , opportunities and challenges4. In the Indian context , Both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism|
|2010||1. Geography may remain the same; history need not.2. Should a moratorium be imposed on all fresh mining in tribal areas of the country?3. Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role.4. From traditional Indian philanthropy to the Gates-Buffet model-a natural progression or a paradigm shift?|
|2009||1. Are our traditional handicrafts doomed to a slow death?2. Are we a ‘Soft ’ state ?3. “The focus of health care is increasingly getting skewed towards the ‘haves’ of our society”.4. “ Good Fences make good neighbors”5. ‘ Globlisation’ vs. ‘ Nationalism’|
|2008||1. Role of Media in good governance2. National Identity and Patritism3. Special Economic Zone : Boon or Bane4. Descipline means success , anarchy means ruin5. Urbanisation and Its Hazards6. Is an Egalitarian society possible by educating the masses ?|
|2007||1. Independent thinking should be encouraged right form the childhood.2. Evaluation of Panchayati Raj System in India from the point of view of eradication of power to people.3. Attitude makes, habit makes character and character makes a man.4. Is Autonomy the best answer to combat balkanization?5. How has satellite television brought about cultural change in Indian mindsets.6. BPO boom in India.|
|2006||1. Women’s Reservation Bill Would Usher in Empowerment for Women in India.2. Protection of Ecology and Environment is Essential for Sustained Economic Development.3. Importance of Indo-U.S. Nuclear Agreement4. “Education for All” Campaign in India: Myth or Reality.5. Globalization Would Finish Small-Scale Industries in India.6. Increasing Computerization Would lead to the Creation of a Dehumanized Society.|
|2005||1. Justice must reach the poor2. The hand that rocks the cradle3. If women ruled the world4. What is real education?5. Terrorism and world peace6. Food security for sustainable national development|
|2004||1. India’s Role in Promoting ASEAN Co-operation.2. Judicial Activism and Indian Democracy.3. Whither Women’s Emancipation?4. Globalizations and Its Impact on Indian Culture.5. The Lure of Space.6. Water Resources Should Be Under the Control of the Central Government.|
|2003||1. The Masks of New Imperialism.2. How far has democracy in India delivered the goods?3. How should a civil servant conduct himself?4. As civilization advances culture declines.5. There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.6. Spirituality and Scientific temper.|
|2002||1. Modern technological education and human values.2. Search for truth can only be a spiritual problem.3. If youth knew, if age could.4. The paths of glory lead but to the grave.5. Privatization of higher education in India.6. Responsibility of media in a democracy.|
|2001||1. What have we gained from our democratic set-up?2. My vision of an ideal world order.3. The march of science and the erosion of human values.4. Irrelevance of the classroom.5. The pursuit of excellence.6. Empowerment alone cannot help our women.|
|2000||1. Why should we be proud of being Indians?2. The cyberworld: Its charms and challenges.3. The country’s need for a better disaster management system.4. Indian culture today: A myth or a reality?5. The implications of globalization for India.6. Modernism and our traditional socio-ethical values.|
|1999||1. Women empowerment: Challenges and prospects.2. Youth culture today.3. Mass media and cultural invasion.4. Resource management in the Indian context.5. Value-based science and education.6. Reservation, politics and empowerment.|
|1998||1. The composite culture of India.2. Woman is God’s best creation.3.The misinterpretation and misuse of freedom in India.4. India’s contribution to world wisdom.5. The language problem in India: Its past, present and prospects.6. The world of the twenty-first century.|
|1997||1. What we have not learnt during fifty years of Independence.2. Judicial activism.3. Greater political power alone will not improve women’s plight.4. True religion cannot be misused.5. The modern doctor and his patients.6. Urbanization is a blessing in disguise.|
|1996||1. Literacy is growing very fast, but there is no corresponding growth in education.2. Restructuring of UNO reflect present realities3. New cults and Godmen: a threat to traditional religion4. The VIP cult is a bane of Indian democracy5. Need for transparency in public administration6. Truth is lived, not taught|
|1995||1. Politics without ethics is a disaster.2. The new emerging women Power: the ground realities.3. When money speaks, the truth is silent.4. Whither Indian democracy?5. Restructuring of Indian education system.6. Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of civilisation.|
7. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
|1994||1. Youth is a blunder, Manhood a struggle, oldage a regret2. The Indian society at the crossroads.3. Modernisation and westernisation are not identical concepts.4. Useless life is an early death.5. Politics, bureaucracy and business – Fatal Triangle.6. Multinational corporations – saviours or saboteurs|
|1993||1. My vision of India in 2001 A.D.2. The global order: political and economic3. He would reigns within himself and folds his passions and desires and fears is more than a king.4. Compassion is the basic of all morality would5. Men have failed: let women take over.6. Economic growth without distributive justice is bound to breed violence.|
7. Ecological considerations need not hamper development.
8. Computer: the harbinger of silent revolution.