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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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