COSMOS Ethics in Science Awards: 2013

Date: Thu, 08/01/2013 – Fri, 08/30/2013

The UCSD COSMOS (California Summer School for Mathematics and Science) recently awarded certificates and cash prizes to high school participants who competed in the 3nd Annual Center for Ethics in Science and Technology Essay Competition. The educational partnership between these programs represents the continued promotion of interdisciplinary excellence in California High Schools.

Over 160 students submitted essays covering ethical considerations of their final science or engineering research projects. A panel of judges from San Diego’s Center for Ethics in Science and Technology determined First Place essays for each cluster, and a Grand Prize essay winner. Cash awards of $100 were awarded to the First Place essays and an additional $100 for the Grand Prize essay. First prize winners in each of the clusters were:

First Place Awards:

  • Po Tsui (Stockdale High School, Bakersfield)
  • Calvin Tsai (Valencia High School, San Clarita)
  • Mackenzie Lighterink (Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego)
  • Hector Arias (San Diego Early/Middle College, San Diego)
  • Sonya Jacobs (La Jolla Country Day School, San Diego)
  • Daniel Arnold (Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego)
  • Heidi Peterson (Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco)
  • Dahnby Jun (South High School, Torrance)

And Grand Prize winner was Dahnby Jun of Cluster 8. The essay written by Dahnby can be found here.


Pictured above are the first prize winners from each cluster. Back row, left to right: Dahnby Jun; Heidi Peterson; Daniel Arnold; MacKenzie Lighterink; Calvin Tsai; David Higgins, UCSD Ethics Center. Front row, left to right: Sonya Jacobs; Hector Arias; Po Tsui; Charles Tu, Director, COSMOS UCSD.

More detail about the contest can be found here.