Essay Project Requirements

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All projects must meet the following requirements:

  • All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens and living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school
  • Students must be no older than 21 years of age
  • National Science Teachers Association employees, NSTA board members, ExploraVision judges and their respective families are not eligible to enter the competition
  • Any project that has won at ExploraVision's regional and/or national levels may not be re-submitted in future years
  • Any project previously awarded a prize in another competition may not be submitted
  • Any student who was selected as a regional or national finalist in ExploraVision can only compete in subsequent years with a new team — i.e., with students who have not previously been selected as ExploraVision regional or national finalists
  • Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor (no individual entries)
  • For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Each category will be judged separately, based on the abilities of students in those grades.  ExploraVision has four categories:

  • Primary Level (Grades K – 3)
  • Upper Elementary Level (Grades 4 – 6)
  • Middle Level (Grades 7 – 9)
  • High School Level (Grades 10 – 12)


Each student may only submit one project via online per year. However, each teacher/coach can participate in multiple projects per year. Each complete project must consist of:

  • Enter your projects via online.*
  • An abstract (150 words max.)
  • The project description (11 pages max.)
  • Bibliography
  • Five sample Web pages

Submission materials will not be returned. Please retain a copy for your records. You may photocopy any part of the submission materials. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, it is impossible to give individual critiques to participants.

* If there is a critical online issue, we may accept mail in. Please contact at

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Rights, Patents and Trademarks

Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association reserve the right to use a student's, coach's or mentor's name, photograph, quote, likeness, descriptive essay or sample Web pages for publicity and promotional purposes. Students who participate in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program retain rights to all ideas and products generated through their participation in the program. Neither NSTA nor Toshiba will attempt to patent any student work.

For information on patents and trademarks, contact:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-14501
or call 800-786-9199 or 703-308-HELP.

Intellectual Property

Students who participate in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program retain rights to all ideas and products generated through their participation in the program.  Neither NSTA nor Toshiba will attempt to patent any student work.

The Thesis, Essay, Creative Project for Master’s degree programs requires students to identify a worthy problem in their field, research and analyze that problem, and communicate their findings in clear and competent writing to an academic audience. Completion of this requirement signals to others the students’ capability, integrity, perseverance and dedication to define and complete a complex project.

Every thesis, essay, or creative project approved for the Master’s degree is a mature piece of original research, and as such, it is made available to the scholarly community through Carroll Collected, John Carroll University’s Institutional Repository.  The presentation of the research must meet University standards to insure that every thesis, essay, or creative project that represents John Carroll University meets the same high standards of presentation.

Thesis, Essay, Creative Project Guidelines set forth by the College of Arts and Sciences outline the format requirements for all masters’ theses, essays, and creative projects. These guidelines offer a basic guide to format; they are not an exhaustive guide to style or the process of developing and writing a thesis. Individual departments or programs may stipulate additional requirements.

Beginning with the spring semester, all theses, essays, and creative projects required in partial fulfillment of the Master’s degree will be electronically archived in Grasselli Library’s Carroll Collected. Electronic submission enables wider dissemination and access locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally.

Thesis/Essay/Creative Project Guidelines may be accessed here.

Guidelines for Electronic Submission of the Thesis/Essay/Creative Project may be accessed here.

For further information on thesis, essay, or project requirement see the University’s Graduate Studies Bulletin, Page 14.


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