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Michelson-Morley Research Competition in the Biological Sciences

What: This is an annual research competition held during the spring semester for all CWRU undergraduates who have conducted research at CWRU or other universities which is biologically related.

When: April 15, 2016

Application Deadline: March 18, 2016

The competition honors the collaborative research initiated in 1885 between Albert A. Michelson, a Case physicist, and Edward W. Morley, a Western Reserve Chemist, which culminated in the Michelson-Morley experiment of 1887. This experiment negated the ether theory of space and constituted some of the experimental findings basic to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. This program is supported by the Department of Biology.

To apply for the competition students must:

  • Write a paper in the form of a journal article on your biological, biochemical, biopsychological, or biomedical research carried out at any institution in 2015 or 2016.
  • Fill out an entry form. Click here to download: 2016 Michelson Morley Entry Form
  • Submit all materials to the biology office, Room 207, DeGrace Hall, by March 18, 2016. (May also be submitted via email at Please submit an electronic version of your paper.
  • Apply for the SOURCE Symposium. If accepted to present at Michelson-Morley you will also be credited with SOURCE (but you must apply). Application online at
  •  Not all Michelson-Morley applicants are assured a public presentation.

The finalists selected will give oral presentations on April 15, 2016. A panel of judges will determine the winners.

$300 First Prize
$200 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize

For additional information contact Katie Bingman at (216) 368-4301 or , Department of Biology, DeGrace Hall, room 207.