DuPont Science Essay Contest

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<p>I am definitely going to write an essay for this competition. But one problem arises - perhaps the hardest of all - where do I exactly start? I need to find a topic. But what is the best way to find a highly specific topic? Do I read an issue of Scientific American, find an interesting topic discussed there, and research it? Or do I skim through the pages of a college-level textbook and suddenly come across an idea?</p>

<p>Looking from the contest winners for both 2005 and 2004, (I saved 2004's to disk last year) I can see that some of the topics are highly specific, whereas othrs aren't so specific. 2003's Senior Division winner was on superstring theory as a whole - not especially specific. Is it a good idea to research a topic that's as specific as a Scientific American article?</p>

<p>I'm thinking about doing an essay on a topic on astronomy. Perhaps quasars. Hmm..</p>

<p>Finally, are multiple entries generally unallowed in these competitions?</p>

<p>Is there a more appropriate forum for this thread? There's high school life and pre-college issues, but I'd like the feedback of more technically oriented people - who would be more interested in this type of competition. Besides, one reason why I'm doing this competition is that it'll certainly help me into Caltech.</p>

<p>WHat? I can't edit my topic post?</p>

<p>Now that I've been in the high school life forum, I should have posted this thread there. Oh well. At least I get multiple perspectives. Doesn't really hurt either. :)</p>