The popular science website scientificblogging.com is holding its first writing competition for graduate students, and four Cornell students have been selected as finalists – but they need your vote to win.
Go to the students’ individual blogs, and if you like what you read, click on the “vote” button. Voting ends Sunday, Nov. 22. The student whose entry gets the most votes wins $2,500 and a three-month paid writing internship for the Web site. The top vote-earners in each of the 6 disciplines also win a cash prize.
Here’s a look at the blogs:
Ryan Anderson, astronomy: MSL: Mars Action Hero; about the Mars Science Lab and how it will improve exploration and data collection on Mars.
Laura Martin, natural resources: Is there a red environmentalism and a blue environmentalism? Investigates why there is a presumed political divide when it comes to environmentalism.
Katie Schoenberg, animal science: The need for a grey area; Discusses the differences between conventional and organic dairy farming and why choosing which one is “better” is not a black-and-white issue.
Yisong Yue, computer science: Self-improving systems learn through human interaction; Examines how computers and computer programs, ranging from Twitter feeds to Google search results, improve their value to the human users based on what input the users are giving.
– Sarah Purdue