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Writing contest seeks entries

Students are invited to enter a competition for the Benjamin Siegel Prize for the best-written work on issues in science, technology and society. The contest is open to all MIT undergraduates and graduate students.

The prize was established by family and friends of the late Benjamin Siegel (S.B. 1938, Ph.D.), a pioneer in the development of modern electron microscopy and professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University. Throughout his life, Siegel had an abiding interest in the history and philosophy of science, technology and education.

Entries should include one copy of a single-authored work of no more than 50 pages, written during the 2001-02 academic year. They should be sent to the Siegel Prize Committee, administered by the Program in Science, Technology and Society, Room E51-185. The deadline is Nov. 8. Anyone with questions should call 253-3452 or e-mail

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 23, 2002.

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