The David Friend Hall Caption Contest
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Contest Info:
The Peabody Museum and the Yale Scientific Magazine are hosting a caption contest for the new David Friend Hall (located on the 3rd Floor of the Peabody Museum).

Write a ~50-word caption for any of the 5 featured minerals/gems in the David Friend Hall. Winners will receive up to $50 in gift cards and have their caption featured on the David Friend Hall App!

Admission to the Peabody Museum is always FREE to Yale Students, so make sure to come see the amazing minerals/gems in person!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59pm on Monday, September 18th, 2017

Contest Rules:
(1) Each applicant may submit up to 5 captions (1 caption for each mineral/gem)

(2) Captions can be a maximum of 750 characters (~100 words)

(3) Captions must contain factual information about the mineral/gem but can be presented in a creative fashion (see Sample Caption at the end)

(4) Applicants must be at current undergraduate/graduate student of Yale University

Award Details:
5 x BEST-IN-CATEGORY AWARDS: The best caption for each of the 5 minerals/gem will be featured on the David Friend Hall App. Their writers will each receive a $30 gift card basket to local New Haven businesses.

1 x RAFFLE AWARD: Every valid caption submitted is entered into a raffle contest for chance to win a $20 gift card basket.

NOTE: Each applicant is limited to winning only 1 Best-In-Category Award. However, submitting 5 captions still increases the number of opportunities to win a Best-In-Category Award and the number of chances to win a Raffle Award. In total, each applicant could potentially win up to $50 in gift cards.

Please email Kevin Chang ( with any questions or concerns.

Featured Minerals/Gems
Caption Submission:
First Name
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Last Name
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Mineral/Gem Selection:
NOTE: If multiple submissions for the SAME mineral/gem are received, only the first submission will be considered.
Mineral/Gem Caption
NOTE: Captions can be a maximum of 750 characters long (~100 words). The recommended minimum length is ~50 words.
Your answer
Sample Caption
"Fountainbleau sandstone concretions were not shaped by human hands, but calling these rocks “sculptures” is entirely fitting. The sculptor? Water! This concretion formed around 30 million years ago during the Oligocene Epoch, when surface water from rain and snow interacted with silica-rich groundwater in deposits of nearly pure, white sandstone."
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