This year marks 100 years since the birth of Rosalind Franklin to celebrate this the Rosalind Franklin Institute will be running an essay competition for undergraduate scientists at member institutions.

Are you passionate about exploring the intersection between physical and life sciences? The Rosalind Franklin Centenary Essay Competition is an excellent way to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the topic.

A prize of a visit to the Rosalind Franklin Institute and £200 will be awarded to the winning entrant, in addition their winning essay will be published on our website.

The essay competition is open to all undergraduate students at Rosalind Franklin Member universities (a list of members can be found here).

Subject for the Rosalind Franklin Centenary Essay

Discuss the following statement:

“So much of the work done in science now requires input from multiple disciplines, that the separation of the disciplines is irrelevant and unnecessary”

Entrants are encouraged to consider the following:

  • To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  • What is the value of disciplines?
  • What is the possible disadvantages of disciplines?
  • Have the disciplines historically worked in isolation?
  • The essay has to be no more than 1,500 words, excluding references and bibliography

Entry requirements:

  • Entrants can enter only one essay to the competition.
  • Entries must be submitted using the form supplied

Essay form docx / Essay form pdf

  • They must also use our file naming convention-

Last name, First name_year of study_institution.

  • Submit your entries to
  • The Rosalind Franklin Centenary Essay Competition will open on 14th April and close on 25th July, with the winner being announced in September.
  • By entering the competition you agree the competition’s full terms and conditions, found here.


  • Shortlisted essays will be judged by an interdisciplinary panel including our director Professor Jim Naismith.