Christians in Science

Essay competition

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Student Essay Competition

Details of this year’s competition below…

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, and entries are submitted over the summer, and judged 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:

2017 Essay Competition

The 2017 Student Essay Competition winners are:

1st prize: Jelmer Heeren, Leuven, Truthful Imaginings: Scientific and Theological Enquiry
2nd prize: Abigail Motley, Oxford, In a world of ‘alternative facts’ what does it mean to search for ‘truth’, scientifically and theologically?
=3rd prize: Daniel Nie, Queen Mary, London, Can a scientist believe in miracles?
=3rd prize: Tamsin Nicholson, Glasgow, Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles, a Bayesian approach

The titles for 2017 were:

  • Can a scientist believe in miracles?
  • In a world of ‘alternative facts’ what does it mean to search for ‘truth’, scientifically and theologically?
  • “Heroes of Science and Faith” – an essay about someone, historical or modern, who has greatly impacted science-faith thought/practice.

Please write no more than 1,000 words, and submit your essay to the General Secretary ( by midnight on 30th August 2017.

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

Past competitions

The 1st and 2nd place (where applicable) essays from our Summer 2011-2015 competitions can be viewed below.  As well as having their essays published, our winners and runners-up also won £200 and £100 worth of Amazon vouchers, respectively.