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Essay Contest



2018 PSBR Annual Essay Contest


Eligibility: All 7th-12th grade students in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia including (but not limited to): public and private schools, home and cyber schools, and youth organizations.


Details: PSBR's Annual Essay Contest is divided into two separate contests- one for 7th & 8th graders AND one for High School students (9th - 12th graders).

Discover the connection between biomedical research, animal research, and your life! The contest recognizes students who artfully demonstrate a superior understanding of the connection between their life and biomedical research (including the need for animals in that research).

The essay contest is FREE to enter and consists of CASH prizes.


Contest Themes:

7th & 8th Grade Essay Contest

Topic: "What is Biomedical Research?"

Be creative! Think, Research, Write! Explore the biomedical research process, including the role of animals in research, and how it leads to new medical treatments and cures.

Questions to consider: What is the biomedical research process? How has it impacted your life or family members? How about your pet's life? What role do animals play in research? How does this research improve the health of both humans and animals?

View the Complete 7th & 8th Grade Essay Contest Details


High School Essay Contest

Topic: "Biomedical Research and My Life"

Be sure to focus on a specific biomedical breakthrough. Investigate the process of biomedical research, including the role of animals in that research, that leads to the development of new treatments and cures. This will allow you to learn how medicines, medical devices, and/or surgical procedures are developed with the help of animal models and human clinical trials. Be sure to consider the wide range of topics available including human and veterinary treatments.

Questions to consider: Do you know someone who has benefited from vaccinations, pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, surgery, or transplants? How does animal research help advance medicine and science? How have these life-saving technologies been developed? How has biomedical research affected the health of your dog, cat, or other pet?

View the Complete High School Essay Contest Details


Winners: Winners will receive CASH prizes and an invitation to our Annual Awards Dinner on June 1, 2018.


Topic Resources:

7th & 8th Grade Resources- Click here or scroll down to view 7th & 8th Grade essay resources

High School Resources- Click here or scroll down to view High School essay resources

See the "Animal Research" tab for additional information.

See "Biomedical Research Information" under our "Useful Links" tab to see additional websites, videos, blogs, and PDFs with facts about biomedical research and animals.


Essay Judging Rubrics:

7th & 8th Grade Judging Rubric

High School Judging Rubric


Submission: Deadline = 11:59pm on APRIL 1, 2018

Essays can be submitted via email to (preferred method).

Essays can also be mailed to PSBR. Submissions postmarked by 11:59pm on April 1, 2018 (but received after) will be eligible to win.

Mailing Address: PSBR, PO Box 1163, Camp Hill, PA 17001-1163


Print a flyer to post in your classroom or share with friends!


Questions?  Email or call 717-731-3559


Click here for comprehensive official contest rules and information.