2024 Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest
Dr. Maurice Hilleman was a vaccine visionary, developing over half of the vaccines that young children receive today, which continues to save about 8 million lives every year. In his honour, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia hosts an essay contest and invites students from grades 6-12 to submit a 500-1000 word entry by February 15th, 2024. Our sister site Kids Boost Immunity is a proud Canadian partner for the contest, and we hope to see some great student submissions from Canada! The essay topic is:
"Dr. Hilleman made his impact on the world through the development of vaccines. What scientific issue would you take on if given the chance and why?"
The essay can be written in English or French, and judges will consider the student's age and writing level in addition to the content of the essay when reviewing submissions. One winner will receive US$500 and 2nd place will receive US$250. First and second place will be awarded in the high school and middle school categories. In addition to the cash reward, winners will be recognized at a virtual award event hosted by vaccine inventor and researcher Dr. Paul Offit.
Students in grades 6 to 12* living in the United States or Canada and enrolled in a public, private, cyber, religious or charter school or who attend a home school program can participate. (Judging will take into consideration author’s age, and winners will be named by country.)
*Grades 6 to 11 in Quebec
Learn about Dr. Hilleman, and then write a 500- to 1000-word essay that responds to the prompt: “Dr. Hilleman made his impact on the world through the development of vaccines. What scientific issue would you take on if given the chance and why?” Essay should be written in English or French using complete sentences and appropriate grammar. One entry per person. See the “Official Rules” here at HillemanFilm.com.
Completed entries must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, February 15th, 2024, or postmarked by June 15, if mailed. Submissions that are incomplete or not received by this time will not be considered.