DuPont Challenge Essay Assignment

  • Your essay needs to follow the format and content requirements found at the DuPont Challenge web site.
  • 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.

Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News
Chemical & Engineering News archive (since 1998)
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    Faulty bioelectric signaling has been found to be responsible for the skull and facial abnormalities that characterize the rare genetic disorder Andersen-Tawil Syndrome (ATS). It may therefore be possible to alter bioelectrical signaling to correc...
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