Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Weissman Student's Essay a CUNY Challenge Winner

Weissman biology major Neaz Noor’s essay on Charles K. Kao’s Nobel prize received the third-place prize in the 2009 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge, a CUNY-wide competition for undergraduate students. His piece examined optical communication.

"Kao had a very simple idea, but the application of it had a really great effect," said Noor. He decided to submit his Challenge entry "on a whim," a whim that won him an Amazon Kindle. "I was aware of fiber optics before but not about who had come up with it and how it developed." Winning, he said, felt like "a real recognition of my writing ability and interest in science."

A distinguished CUNY committee judges essays based on accuracy, clarity, and accessibility to the general public. Essays may include supplemental graphics such as charts and tables.

A reception was held February 25th in the Kibbee Lounge at CUNY’s Central office to present prizes to all of the winning students.

Text from Baruch website edited by J D Sallen

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