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Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future (2021)

In Under a White Sky, author Elizabeth Kolbert presents readers with what she calls the “Anthropocene...

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On page 29 author Hope Jahren writes:

Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.”

As you enter college and reflect on “Lab Girl ” How does this statement apply to your worldview as a beginning college student and how you might approach your academic journey? Use a second quote from the book that helps reinforce this. Consider your openness to change, challenges and discovery.

PART A: Essays will be judged on use of textual evidence, originality of thought and clarity of prose.  The completed essay should contain no more than 750 words, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, and including a heading that states the title of the essay, your name, and the best way to contact you. Files must be Word docs or PDFs.

PART B: Based on what you’ve read in the book, what would you like to ask Hope Jahren?

Prizes:  First Place = $300   Second Place = $150    Third Place = $100   Fourth Place = $50

Essays and questions are due no later than 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Send material as an email attachment to:  FYE-Essay@udel.edu, and write “FYE Essay Contest” in the subject line.To be considered for the awards, you must complete and submit both parts A and B above by the deadline.





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