Research Paper Contest — November 12

For Students Age 11-18 (as of November 14, 2012)
(student’s age will be considered in judging – any homeschooled student in this age range may participate in this contest – you do not have to be a Landry Academy student)

Your Research Paper Should Directly or Indirectly Answer the Question:

How Does Human Anatomy and/or Physiology
Support the Biblical Account of the Creation of Humans?

1st Place Prize: 15 inch Laptop Computer
2nd Place Prize: 13 inch Laptop Computer
3rd Place Prize: $100 Online Bookstore Gift Card
4th – 10th Place Prizes: $25 Online Bookstore Gift Card

The purpose of this contest is to build knowledge and encourage the development of skills; in scientific research and writing, using the APA style for a research paper, and in using analytical and critical thinking in the process of creating a quality research paper. Researching and using the APA style is also part of the learning process involved in preparing this research paper.

To research the APA style for a research paper, talk to your librarian, do research online, buy a book on the subject, etc. There are several good free resources online.

Topic of Your Research Paper

The topic of your research paper should include some specific aspect(s) of anatomy and/or physiology of the human body. Be unique, creative, original – think outside the box – dig deep! Hint: lots of people write about the eye and the brain. They certainly are incredible parts of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. But, unless you focus on some small aspect of the eye or brain and explain in detail how it supports creation, or have some unique take on the eye or brain, you’ll be writing something  similar to many other people. Be unique, creative, original!


Open to all students 11-18 years-old on November 14, 2012
(student’s age will be considered when papers are judged)

The research, writing, and structure of the paper should be done by the student

Minimal guidance from parents is acceptable

Research paper should be titled and between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. Your title should be very specific to the topic of your paper. It should not be a general title.

Structure should follow APA guidelines for research papers

All references must be cited

Do not include graphics in your research paper

Students may use a variety of resources such as books, reliable internet sites, personal interviews, etc.

– The research paper should be typed and printed on 8.5 x 11 paper with black ink.
– A separate sheet of paper should be included to include: student’s name, age as of November 14, 2012, parent’s printed name and signature (along with a statement indicating that the paper was written by the student), complete mailing address, email address and telephone number. This sheet of paper should be on top and all sheets of paper should be stapled together in the upper, left corner.

Research paper should be mailed flat in a 9 x 12 envelope. We’re sorry, but entries will not be returned and we will not be able to offer feedback on entries.

Top five students may be interviewed by telephone (five to ten minutes) on the topic of their paper. They should know their topic well.

We ask that contest winners send us a photo of themselves with the computer or books they won.

Common Errors

Here are common errors (from previous contests) to avoid in your research paper:

– Too few citations
– Incorrectly structured citations
– Not following all contest instructions exactly as stated (this is a very common error)
– Use of unreliable internet resources
– Using graphics within the research paper
– Regurgitating textbook explanations without original thought and without explaining the relationship to creation

Mailing Your Research Paper

Research paper must be mailed (postmarked) between November 12 and 14, 2012 to:

(Envelopes postmarked before November 12 or after November 14, 2012 will not be considered)
Greg Landry, M.S.
138 Rocky Maple Ave
Boone, NC  28607

Judging Criteria

Research papers will be judged based upon:

Creativity in research and writing
Merit of content
Technical skills such as writing, grammar, etc.
Ability to write clearly and logically
Scientific merit
Meeting all contest guidelines

Winners will be announced on November 30, 2012 in our newsletter. You can subscribe to our free newsletter by clicking here.


About Hemet Sunshine

I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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