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Kent State University at East Liverpool Invites Essay and Poster Submissions

Posted Feb. 9, 2012


Student essay and poster submissions from college and secondary students about the environment and environmental justice issues are invited for the seventh annual Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference at Kent State East Liverpool. Contestants can win vouchers from the Kent State East Liverpool in the amount of $75.00, $50.00, and $35.00 for each category. Submissions will be presented at the conference held in the Slak Shak, which is located in the main classroom building of the campus, located at, 400 East Fourth St. on April 21. Papers will be read at 9:00 a.m, and posters will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Awards for all contests will be presented at 1:30 p.m.

Essays should be eight to ten pages long. Awards for the essay contests will be presented in three categories:

Science Based Essays that synthesize a body of research and sources based on evidence. Although these are not persuasive essays and no opinion should be included, the essay can have a point of view. Sources must be cited. 

Humanities / Eco-feminist Based Academic Essays that begin with literature or social theory that examines the human or other costs of environmental pollution or that discusses solutions to problems.  This essay requires sources, but the writer can take a position and can draw conclusions using opinions. Sources must be cited. 

Personal (Creative) Essay using and citing an eco-feminist text  or research as a starting point moving into personal experience, or a fully personal essay. This essay will form a cohesive text that examines one aspect of the environment or environmental justice. Any sources used must be cited.

Poster submissions will consist of a concise presentation of an environmental issue on triptych poster board that stands alone. The poster should be self-explanatory, and should be accompanied with a brief paper that also provides citations for any copyrighted images used.

Roger and Terri GreenawaltPapers should include cover sheet with title and identifying information including an id number. Title and id number should be included in the header of the paper. Essay submissions are due by Friday, April 13. These should be sent by e-mail to Posters are due the day of the conference and will be set up and judged on site. Speakers, experts in their field that pertain to the environment and environmental justice issues, will round out the day.

This conference is sponsored by Kent State University at East Liverpool and Assistant Dean Dr. Susan Rossi, the Kent State East Liverpool Bookstore, The Kent State East Liverpool Environmental Club, and the Kent State East Liverpool Honors, Biology and English Departments. The conference is free and open to the public.

Any questions regarding the contests or the conference should be directed to  

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Photo Caption:
Roger and Terri Greenawalt are pictured in front of 2011 poster displays at the sixth annual Earth Day Conference held at, Kent State University at East Liverpool. Greenawalt, owner of Sweet Meadow Farm Drainage and president of the Ohio Chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors of America, spoke about geo-thermal heating as a featured speaker at that conference.