DarwinDay writing contest for school students: the meaning of Tiktaalik.... Cash awards!



Open only to students in grades 7-12

One top prize: $100

Two second prizes: $50

Four third prizes: $25


 “DarwinDay at Minot State University has always been about the confluence of ideas when science informs the human existence.”   


We can already hear you thinking “What the heck does that mean?!?”  Well, that’s the challenge in this essay contest: what does this statement mean to you?  To be more specific, and to relate it directly to our keynote speaker’s famous discovery, try writing about this question:


What does Tiktaalik mean for humanity?


This is a broad and open-ended question, and we expect that a good response would include as much reference to philosophy as it would scientific stuff.  Write for as long as you wish, but try to be concise.  Use whatever format you wish.  We would like to read essays that are awesome, and really long essays usually are not awesome.  Shoot for between 1000 and 2000 words.


How to prepare for writing about Tiktaalik?  Read about it, think about it, read Your Inner Fish by our keynote speaker Neil Shubin, and especially take advantage of a rare opportunity to hear Shubin speak on Thursday, February 10 or Friday, February 11.


Teachers and students should feel free to ask questions about this contest.  Essays are due by Midnight, Friday February 18.  Essays will be evaluated by a crew of Minot State Biology and English professors.  Give your essay to your teacher and have them email it as an attachment to

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MSU DarwinDay features jurored artshow with cash awards for artists and high school artists!!

Evolve: What Does Evolution Mean to You?

62 Doors Gallery and Minot State University are celebrating Darwin Day 2011. How does an art gallery celebrate Charles Darwin, you might ask? Well, by having a jurored art show, obviously. What better way to celebrate the the dude's influence on culture than by bringing in a judge to juror out the riff-raff and award the outstanding artists among the herd. Tom Fleming, big-time professional illustrator, will be sharing his expertise by choosing the winners and awarding the cash.

The artworks chosen for the show will be on display at the MSU Beaver Dam during the Darwin Day Celebration on February 11th from 9am to 3:30pm. Then, it will be shown at the closing reception at 62 Doors that evening starting at 7pm. All awards will be announced at the reception.

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DarwinDay schedule!!!

MSU DarwinDay 2011 schedule


Join the Minot State University community for DarwinDay, February 10 and 11, celebrate the confluence of science, music and art and Charles Darwin’s contributions to the humanities.

Fossil expert and author Neil Shubin will describe his discovery of Tiktaalik, the fish with hands.  In addition, award-winning fantasy illustrator Tom Fleming will demonstrate an exhibit live.

MSU DarwinDay will also feature a juried artshow, live local music and theater.

Events are free and open to the public.  

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