Christians in Science

Essay competition

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Student Essay Competition

Each year, CiS hosts an essay competition for students to enter, either individually, in pairs or as a group. Topics are suggested in the spring, entries are submitted over the summer and judged in early autumn.

The essay competition is designed to encourage promising young thinkers and writers to explore different science-faith topics. Thanks to our grant from the Templeton Religion Trust we are now able to offer larger prize incentives:

£500 First prize
£250 Second prize
£100 Third prize.

More details for the competition are below:

2018 Essay Competition

Entries for the 2018 Student Essay Competition have now closed – thank you to everyone who entered! The winning essays will be announced soon. 

The titles for 2018 were:

  • Which historical aspect of the relationship between science and religion do you think has been the most significant?
  • How does wonder about creation drive our how and why questions?
  • IVF Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy, or “3-parent babies” is a controversial scientific development for some. How might we respond as Christians?

Full details about the terms of the competition should be read before entering, which are available here.

Past competitions

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (where applicable) essays from our Summer 2011-2017 competitions can be viewed below.  As well as having their essays published, as of 2016 our winners and runners-up also won a prize to the value of £500, £250 and £100 worth, respectively.