To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Enrico Fermi, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory invite high school students in the United States and Italy to develop a Web site about the great scientists life, work, and contributions to physics. The submitted Web sites will be judged, and prizes will be given to the top three entries in English and Italian.
Enrico Fermi, winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in physics, is known to the public primarily for his role in producing the first controlled nuclear-chain reaction at the University of Chicago during the Manhattan Project in 1942. But he also made major contributions to the statistics of electron gas, the statistical model of the atom itself, to the understanding of radioactivity, and influenced a whole new generation of physicists. Special events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fermis birth will be held in Rome and Pisa, Italy, as well as the University of Chicago, Columbia University in New York City, and at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. The U.S. Postal Service, meanwhile, will issue a stamp in Fermis honor.
The Web site contest is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors who are attending U.S. or Italian high schools in the 2001-2002 academic year. Web sites may be created in English or in Italian. Eligible entries must be submitted before Dec. 1, 2001.
Rules and Guidelines
Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries:
$700 First Prize
$200 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize
A selection of Enrico Fermi photos and sound files is available at the following address for student use : http://www-news.uchicago.edu/fermi/pics.html. All files used should include the appropriate credit information.