Announcing the 2021 Essay Contest winners! This year, we asked participants: What is the most important scientific lesson you have learned from the Covid-19 pandemic? Discuss how that lesson will influence your research work and/or career. Discover the winning essays and learn more about the authors’ scientific interests. And read an opinion piece on the health consequences of ‘long Covid.’

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2021 Essay Contest

Read the five winning essays.

Meet the Winners of the 2021 Essay Contest

Adina, Miriam, Ziad, Banafshesh, and Trisha talk about their favorite model organisms, share the most exciting research paper they’ve read recently, and discuss their inspirations in science.

A Tsunami of Disability Is Coming as a Result of ‘Long Covid’

In an opinion piece for Scientific American, Lasker President Claire Pomeroy argues that we need to plan for a future where millions of survivors are chronically ill.