2015 Global Energy Essay Contest FAQ

 

  1. What is the topic for Global Energy Initiative's 2015 Essay Contest?
  2. What are the criteria for eligibility?
  3. What are the major format requirements for the essay?
  4. Do I need to include a bibliography?
  5. Why can't I mention my name, university, or location of university?
  6. What criteria will judges use when evaluating my essay?
  7. When can I submit my essay?
  8. Will my essay be accepted if I submit it by November 09, 2015, 11:59:59 PM in my time zone?
  9. How many submissions can I make?
  10. Where do I submit my essay?
  11. I can't submit my Pre-registration form/Essay, what should I do?
  12. Who is evaluating my essay?
  13. Which region does my country fall into?
  14. What are the steps of the competition?
  15. How many students will be participating?
  16. How many winners will there be?
  17. When will contestants hear back about the final decisions?
  18. How will I receive my award?
  19. What are other ways I can get involved with the global effort?
  20. What is SSEA?

 

1) What is the topic for Global Energy Initiative's 2015 Essay Contest?

Global Energy Initiative's 2015 Essay Contest theme is "Road to Paris 2015: Vision, Reality, and Solutions for a meaningful Climate Agreement".

2) What are the criteria for eligibility?

In order to be eligible for Global Energy Initiative's 2015 Essay Contest, the participant must currently be enrolled in a university or college as a student OR must have received their degree in either 2014 or 2015.

3) What are the major format requirements for the essay?

  • Length of Essay: 1,000-1,200 words (excluding bibliography and citations)
  • All references must appear as endnotes
  • Students must produce their own work and cite sources properly and consistently
  • Information used for research that is not cited in the essay should be listed in a bibliography page at the end
  • The essay CAN NOT mention the participant's name, university name, or location of university to ensure anonymity during the evaluation process
  • The essay must be written in English
  • All submissions must be typed in Times New Roman, double-spaced, with standard one-inch margins and twelve-point font

4) Do I need to include a bibliography?

If you use or reference any ideas or bodies of work other than your own in your essay, a bibliography must be submitted.

5) Why can't I mention my name, university, or location of university?

In order to ensure complete anonymity during the evaluation process, we ask that you not reference your name, university, or location of university. This will allow a fair, unbiased evaluation of all of the essays.

6) What criteria will judges use when evaluating my essay?

In both rounds of evaluation, the essays will be graded for:

  • The student's understanding of the issue 
  • The student's vision for creative solutions
  • Originality in treatment of the topic 
  • Clarity and effectiveness of style and organization 

7) When can I submit my essay?

Essays can be submitted after the contestant has completed Global Energy Initiative’s online pre-registration form for the 2015 Essay Contest.  After submitting the online pre-registration form, a receipt will be sent to confirm a successful submission of the pre-registration form. Only after receiving this receipt will the student be eligible to submit an essay.  

8) Will my essay be accepted if submit it by November 09, 2015, 11:59 PM my zone

Essays will only be accepted if submitted by November 09, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time zone (EST). No exceptions.

9) How many submissions can I make?

Each eligible contestant may submit ONE essay per year.

10) Where do I submit my essay?

You can submit your essay to the GEI essay portal located on www.globalenergyinitiative.org/essaycontest.

11) I can’t submit my Pre-registration form/Essay, what should I do?

If the contestant is unable to submit a pre-registration form, the contestant can submit their name, address, phone number, email address, and the name of the university where they are currently enrolled to essaycontest2015_preregister@globalenergyinitiative.org.

12) Who is evaluating my essay?

There are two rounds of evaluations by a panel of judges.  The names of the judges will be announced in the coming weeks.

13) Which region does my country fall into?

There are five regions in which countries are categorized:

Africa

Europe and Russia (including: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan)

The Americas

South Asia and the Middle East (Yemen, Oman, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan)

East Asia and South Pacific Countries (Australia, New Zealand, Burma, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei, China, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Oceania, Mongolia, Fiji, the South Pacific Islands)

14) What are the steps of the competition?

There are three major steps involved in the essay contest.  The participant must first submit a pre- registration form online. Once pre-registered, the next step is to write and submit your essay by November 09, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM EST.  Notifications will be sent out on November 30, 2015.

15) How many students will be participating?

In 2013, Global Energy Initiative received over 400 essays for the essay contest from 67 counties.  In 2015, we expect to receive over 1,000 essays from over 100 countries.  Submit yours today!

16) How many winners will there be?

In 2015, there will be 10 global finalists, 5 regional finalists, and 5 regional runner ups.

17) When will contestants hear back about the final decisions?

We ask that you please wait until at least November 30, 2015 before contacting us about results. 

18) How will I receive my award?

Top two global finalists will be given awards at a GEI event.  All other finalists will be mailed their awards.

19) What are other ways I can get involved in the global effort?

The Global Energy Initiative community believes in collaboration and action towards fighting climate change and global energy poverty. We currently have a Students for Sustainable Energy for All (SSEA) initiative which creates a platform for an international network of students to serve their community for a more sustainable future. Learn more at www.globalenergyinitiative.org.

20) What is SSEA?

Students for Sustainable Energy for All, also known as SSEA, is a platform that Global Energy Initiative created to connect students on an international scale to help protect the environment, promote sustainable energy for all, fight energy poverty, and mitigate the effects of climate change in their local communities. Consider joining your school’s chapter, or if your school doesn’t have one, be the founding members of your own chapter! Learn more at www.globalenergyinitiative.org.

 

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