Essay Contest


Participants are to write an essay that answers and defends the following question:

Uranium is a valuable, rare resource. Uranium 235, the isotope of uranium most valuable to nuclear power plants today composes a mere .7% of all naturally occurring uranium. It has been proposed that the element thorium can be substituted as a nuclear fuel in new reactor designs. Compare and contrast the uses of uranium and thorium as nuclear fuel in nuclear power plants.

Entry Requirements:

To participate in the scholarship, you must be a high school senior and submit an essay 3-5 pages (double spaced) excluding cover-page and works cited page to the essay prompt above. The essay should be a word document or a PDF.

Grading Rubric:

Shown below is the grading rubric that will be used to judge the submissions. Note that ALL submissions must include a cover-page (on a separate sheet of paper) that includes the title, applicants name, a contact email, and date. Also, the applicant's name should only appear on the cover-page. 

Grading Rubric

What is the University of Wisconsin - Madison Nuclear Science Scholarship?

Since 2002, the University of Wisconsin student section of the American Nuclear Society (UW-ANS) has, through the generous help of various donors, hosted a scholarship outreach program that has brought knowledge about nuclear science to high school classrooms. By networking with committed math and science teachers, our organization helps spread scientific literacy on the issues of nuclear energy and radiation science while offering students a scholarship dedicated to furthering their educational goals.

For teachers:

If you are a science teacher interested in having our organization give a talk to your classroom, please contact us at

For sponsors:

If you are interested in helping support our efforts financially, please contact us also at

April 13, 2017

Should be a Word or PDF document emailed to:

Information Sheet