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IB EE


  • Class of 2018
  1. Look at the subject guides here or download the 2016 complete EE Guide here
  2. Read Exemplar Essays here
  3. Permission slips can be accessed here: Geisel Library 
  4. Mandatory reflection
  5. BHS EE Handbook
  6. Online Thesis Builder
  7. BHS RQ's
  • Use these documents to help you when writing your paper:
1.  Title page, TOC template
2.  Developing your research question
3. Use pdf merge to merge Google Docs into 1 pdf.

For Supervisors
  1. Supervisor Reflection form
  2. Supervisor responsibilities
  3. Vive Voce starters
  4. Class of 2017 Rubric


  • The Extended Essay is an in-depth research study on a limited topic within one of the six subject areas. The central goal of the extended essay is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in independent research and writing skills expected by universities. Emphasis is placed on the research process of formulating an appropriate research question, engaging in a personal exploration of the topic, communicating ideas and developing an argument.


  • Basic Information…

    · A 4,000 word study on a topic of interest.

    · Candidates select topic within a subject area and then narrow the topic down to a focused research question.

    · It is mandatory for all Diploma Candidates.

    · The paper presents an extended argument, supported by research that reaches a conclusion.

    · Essays will be externally assessed by IB.

    · Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a faculty mentor


    Extended Essay Subjects

    The subject of the extended essay must be chosen from the list of IB approved subjects. Since IB specifies the range of permitted subjects, certain topics may not be allowed for an extended essay. The subject chosen does not have to be one of the subjects being studied by the candidate for the diploma, but it is advisable that the candidate has sufficient knowledge and skills within that subject. Candidates should also base their choice of subject on the level of personal interest they have in that area.
    Essay Competitions

  • Essay Contests
  • American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: Write an essay for this prestigious national essay contest for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State and full tuition to cover a Semester at Sea voyage once you enroll at an accredited university. Any high school student can enter. New essay contest rules and the application are posted in November each year. The deadline is typically in April.

    Bennington Young Writers Awards: Students in grades 10 through 12 can participate in this writing contest. Choose from one of three categories: poetry, fiction or nonfiction personal or academic essay. The deadline is usually November 1 each year. Top prize is $500.

    DuPont Challenge Science Essay Contest: Middle school and high school students can participate in this essay contest. Write an essay on a science-related topic on one of four of the identified challenges: feeding the world, building a secure energy future, protecting people and the environment and being innovative. The deadline is typically in February each year. Prizes range from a $250 U.S. Savings Bond to a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond. First, second and third place winners also receive a trip to Orlando.

    EGirl Essay Contest: The National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl website offers an essay contest on an engineering topic for girls and boys. Awards range from $100 to $500. Winning entries are published online.

    First Freedom Student Competition: Write an essay (or create a video) about a topic examining the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom. Top prize is $2,500. The deadline is usually in November each year.

    The Fountainhead Essay Contest: High school juniors can read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and write an essay on one of three topics. Prizes range from $50 to $10,000. The entry deadline is typically in April.

    JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest: Write an essay on a U.S. elected official “who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.” The winner gets $10,000, second place gets $1,000 and up to five finalists receive $500 each. The deadline is typically in early January each year.

    George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest: The National Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsors this annual essay contest. Students compete at the state and national levels. You must write an essay on a topic related to the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution. The top national winner receives $2,000. State/local deadlines are usually by no later than December 31 each year, but these deadlines can vary depending on location.

    National Peace Essay Contest: The U.S. Institute of Peace offers this contest. First-place state winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $1,000 scholarship. National award winners receive $2,500 to $10,000. Essays are typically due in February.

    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Apply in one of 28 categories to earn a scholarship and have your artwork exhibited or writing published. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. New submissions are typically accepted beginning in September each year. Deadlines vary by region and contest.