Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest 2013


Get Your Students Excited About the Life Sciences!

Open to all the middle school students in the Northwest region* –NO ENTRY FEE!


Help your students discover the personal relevance of the life sciences by examining ways they have each been personally impacted by biomedical research.


The results of biomedical science impact us all! They help us determine which treatments, drugs, and devices will be used in medical therapies, help us explain the basic principles of human biology, and, change and improve lives. Research paves the way for lifesaving treatments and cures that keep individuals and our community healthy. Each and every one of us has received the benefits of biomedical research in some way or the other- now is the time to research HOW!!

Students are asked to examine a medical therapy or treatment that a loved one, pet, or they themselves have received. Then, choose a category (Animal Research Helping Humans (ARHH), Animal Research Helping Animals (ARHA), Animal Research Helping Biomedical Technology (ARHBT) and Animal Research and Indigenous Knowledge (ARIK)), create either a 400-650 words essay, an original artwork poster, or a short youtube video highlighting their findings.

Entries must be submitted by March 15th, 2018!

Click here, to view more contest details.

Teachers get started and register your school(students) here!

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*ELIGIBILITY: Any 6th-8th grader in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, or Idaho is encouraged to enter!  If your school class doesn't participate, Register Individually Here!

We are recruiting judges for the 2018 Middle School Contest! Please click here to volunteer as a judge.

We are pleased to continue our "Biomedical Breakthroughs and My Life" Middle School Contest in 2018!Thanks to the generosity of the Knossos Foundation for supporting this contest. 

Want to become a Middle School Contest Sponsor or Donor? Contact NWABR, at or 206-957-3337!

OUR 2017 WINNERS! to view a few winning entries , click here



our 2014 winners!

our 2013 winners! 

We are no longer running the Oregon Quarterly essay contest, but are grateful to all those who have submitted in the past. Thank you for sharing your amazing stories with us. 

The 2016 winners of the Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest were as follows:

At School, A Shooting by Drew Terhune

Refuge by Valerie Rapp

A Forest Curator by Karen Kruger

Honorable Mention

Hurdles and Barricades by Noah Schultz


Territory by Kim Conolly

What Pulls You Through by Emily Edelman

Not Exactly the Teenage Dream by Rebecca Miles

The Gate on the Oregon Trail by Charley Roberts

[Untitled] by Corey Freer

Little Tumescent Water Droplets by Edward Engs

Two Truths and a Lie by Erin Kanzig

Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! selected the 2016 contest winners. Russell’s debut novel was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011, long-listed for The Orange Prize, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Russell has been featured in the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2013 she was named a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the youngest of the year’s 24 winners. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Read the winning essays from 2015:


First Place "Water, Water, Everywhere," by Kristianne Huntsberger

Second Place "Vintage Keys," by Drew Terhune

Tied for Third Place "Moccasin's End," by Autumn Depoe-Hughes & "When the Lights Go Out," by Sue Lick


"The Aftermath of Loss – What Happens When a Hoarder Dies" by Melissent Zumwalt 

"Black Hole" by Jason Silverstein

"The Hobo Pirates of Portland" by Shannon Gadberry


First Place "155 Days," by Nysia Trejo

Second Place "A Temperate Mind," by Forrest Munro

Third Place  "Floater," by Max Rubin


"Anything Can Happen Now" by K.R. Sodikoff

"The Buzzing Space" by Carl Cacela

"Life in the Shadow of Death" by Nicole Krueger

Views expressed in these essays do not necessarily reflect the views of the UO administration.

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