Topics, Rules, Regulations & Entry Form

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Biomedical Research Topics

  • The importance of biomedical research and how animal models contribute to scientific discoveries and medical breakthroughs.
  • Recent discoveries derived from animal–based studies in a specific area of biomedical research, and how they have contributed to progress in medical therapy.
  • The large-scale benefits of animal-based biomedical research for the general population.
  • How animal-based research has helped, or could impact the following: vaccines, infections, antibiotics, drugs and medical therapy.
  • How animal-based research helps us understand risks from pollutants, drugs, food additives, and other chemicals in our environment.
  • The importance of laws and regulations governing the use of animals in research.
  • Why animal-based research is necessary and what the limitations of alternative approaches are.
  • How biomedical research has helped a friend or family member; or a pet, a farm animal, or an endangered species.

Contest Rules & Regulations

Please read carefully and follow ALL instructions.

  1. All Michigan high school students, grades 9 – 12, are eligible to enter.
  2. The OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM must be filled out completely. Print or type all information except for student and teacher signatures at the bottom of the form.
  3. Each essay should be the original work of the student who enters. Essays must be free of plagiarism, meaning that: ALL sources used must be cited in the text of the essay. (DO NOT use footnotes or endnotes. ) ALL word-forword information written by someone else must have quotation marks around it, and the source must be cited.
  4. Essays must be submitted in Standard English, typed on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, be no longer 4-6 double-spaced typewritten pages, and must not exceed 1500 words.
  5. Each essay must include a bibliography that cites several different references relevant to the content or argument of your paper. Written sources about your topic can be from books, periodicals, and encyclopedias, as well as documented Web and oral sources.
  • Use the following standard formats for basic bibliographies:
  1. BOOKS Author. Title: Subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher, Date.
  2. MAGAZINE & NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
    Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical and Volume #(DAT): pages.
  3. WEBSITE OR WEB PAGE
    Author ( if available ) . “Title of page.” Editor, Date, Institution, [ cited Access Date ] . URL.
  4. ENCYCLOPEDIA
    Author. “Title of Article.” Name of Encyclopedia. Date.

Entries accepted any time prior to the deadline, but must be postmarked by January 15, 2017

Send entries to:
mismr@umich.edu OR US mail to MISMR Essay Contest
P.O. Box 3237 • Ann Arbor, MI 48106-3237

ESSAYS THAT DO NOT COMPLY WITH CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
MISMR members strongly support the humane use of animal subjects in critical biomedical research. We hope that like minded citizens
will join us in working for rational public policy that assures the continued appropriate use of animals in the course of good science.

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