The Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest is a program of the Vaccine Makers Project, presented by the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The 2024 contest is co-sponsored by the Public Health Association of British Columbia and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), with assistance from Kids Boost Immunity and Immunize Canada.
Please use this page for U.S. entries only. (Click here for Canada residents' entry page.)
- Complete this online form in its entirety and upload a PDF of your essay by the official contest deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 15, 2024.
- Before completing this form, please review the contest Official Rules including essay guidelines, eligibility, deadline, submission directions, and prize information with a parent or legal guardian at hillemanfilm.com/contest/rules.
- To complete this form, you will need the following:
- A PDF of your finished essay.
- A brief description of the process used when writing your essay to enter in the box provided on the form. This section is mandatory. If incomplete, the essay submission will be disqualified.
- A list of the resources or references you used when creating/writing your essay in the box provided. This section does NOT count toward the word limit for the essay. If you did not use any sources, please note this in the box.
Entrant Information Items
- The following personal information: full name, address, date of birth and current grade.
- The following information about your school: school name, teacher name and email.
- The following information about your parent: name, address, email and phone number.
- In addition, both you and your parent will need to sign the form. You will need to use the same computer to do so.
- Your essay must be 500-1,000 words in length. We allow a 25-word buffer. Any submission beyond the buffer (under 475 words or over 1,025 words) will be disqualified.
- Your essay must be a response to the essay prompt, “Dr. Hilleman made his impact on the world through the development of vaccines. What scientific issue would you take on if given the chance and why?” Any essays about other topics, regardless of how well written, will not be considered.
- Entries utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) beyond idea generation will not be considered.
- Your entry must be received by the official contest deadline. Online entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 15, 2024. Mailed entries must be postmarked by February 15, 2024.
Questions related to the contest, the form, or the Official Rules should be emailed to the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at email@example.com. Include the subject line “Student Essay Contest” in your email. Also, please indicate your country of residence.