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NTD Challenge 1: Student Engagement Essay

How can you, as a student, make a difference in the lives of those living with NTDs? Describe your ideas for new awareness campaigns or student initiatives in an essay. There is no limit to what you suggest, as long as it is feasible. We hope this competition will inspire you and others to become advocates and take action against NTDs. 

  • Essays should be 750–1,500 words.
  • Each entry must be written by a single author.
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any college or university.
  • Prizes include $150 in Amazon gift cards. The winning and top finalist essays will be published on the Baker Institute website and compiled for distribution to the competition organizers.

The deadline to submit an entry has passed, and submissions are currently being reviewed.

Questions? Email Find out more about Challenge 2: Children's Outreach Concept.

This initiative is organized by the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and the END Fund, in partnership with the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. Support for this project was generously provided by the AbbVie Foundation.