TechCentury Student Writing Contest

2018 TechCentury Student Writing Contest


Entries due November 16, 2018

In an effort to promote and engage student voices and ideas about the profession of engineering, the TechCentury magazine Engineering Student Writing Contest was created.

The contest is open to all engineering students attending Michigan universities and studying within any of the engineering disciplines. The top three entries will be published in a future issue of TechCentury. The top award-winning essay author will receive a $1000 scholarship and recognition at the 2019 Gold Award Reception. 

Contest Details:

  1. The student will write a 750-word essay on one of three topics listed below.
  2. The student must be studying an engineering discipline at an accredited Michigan university.
  3. Entries must be received by close of business, (5:00 p.m.) Friday, November 16, 2018 via email to
  4. The TechCentury Editorial Board will review entries and choose the top three. The top three essays (along with a student profile) will be published in a future issue of TechCentury magazine, both print and online. All applicants will be notified by the end of January 2019.
  5. The top essayist will receive a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by Fishman Stewart PLLC.
  6. The top essayist will also be recognized at the 2019 ESD Gold Award Reception.

Writing Topics:

Essayists should choose to write on one of the following topics:

  1. What inspired you to become an engineer?
  2. How do you think the practice of being an engineer will change over the course of your professional career, and why?
  3. Who has been your favorite engineering role model and why?

Submission Deadline:

Friday, November 16, 2018

To Enter:

The entry form can be downloaded here. Please send writing contest entries via email to Susan Thwing at Entries must be received by close of business, (5:00 p.m.) Friday, November 16, 2018.


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