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DuPont Challenge Essay Assignment
Your essay needs to follow the format and content requirements found at the DuPont Challenge
Your topic must include a connection to chemistry.
Topics must be selected by Wednesday December 1.
First draft due at the beginning of class on Monday December 6.
Final draft due at the beginning of class on Monday December 13.
Extra credit is available for including a reference to some research related to your topic that is taking place on the UIUC campus.
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Nanoparticles Deliver Three Cancer Drugs To Tumors
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Peptide Synthesis: Nonstick barriers help build arrays for screening
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Major step taken toward error-free computing
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Rainbow trout genome shows how genetic material evolved
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Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone & Lead Partner to Increase Pollution Dangers to Urban Children
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Initial Energy Audit for 70s House Eco Renovation
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May 2, 2009
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Updating Lighting Fixtures (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
Better ambiance while saving energy using efficient CFLs By Kenneth Barbalace
Installing a low flow showerhead (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
An easy DIY project that will result in immediate savings. By Kenneth Barbalace
Replacing Carpets (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
Soybean based padding, recycled PET carpets, low VOCs, reduced health concerns. By Kenneth Barbalace
Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children: Autism and ADHD
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Biofueling the future
Feb 11, 2008
Whatever their motivation - be it energy independence for the U.S. or an attempt at fighting climate change for Europe - world governments are now heavily subsidizing biofuels.
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