According to the World Wide Words – the phrase “to keep your eyes peeled” which means to stay alert, appeared in the lexicon of the United States in about 1850. There does not seem to be any consensus as to how the expression came about other than it was probably a derivative of “to keep your eyes skinned.” It seems to have appeared in newspapers around 1853. (My quick research noted at least two uses of the phrase by two different newspapers – The Kenosha Telegraph and The Daily Morning Herald of St. Louis, Mo.) Ahh.. Summer is the time to digress a bit.
But, it really is time to be alert to the various science opportunities that are about to be announced. August and September are prime announcement months for competitions, opportunities, enrichment programs, and potential internships. These announcements are generally timed to correspond to with the beginning of the school year.
The challenge, of course, is finding out about the opportunity in time to meet the deadlines and application requirements. Which is why, you need to start now, as many of these programs have requirements to submit letters of intent by the end of October or mid-November, and application requirements in December or January.
Don’t forget to check out local competitions – you may be able to find out information from looking at your local school’s websites and/or through the library. Many professional societies such as local sections of the American Chemical Society, and the AIChE hold local competitions and have various opportunities. (Also, look for your local science fair website – regional fairs are not associated with a particular school and have various ways of entering.)
Here are some links to current science competitions:
Competitions Listed on NSTA’s website
Here is a Try Science’s list of available competitions.
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