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Radon Grant: Research Paper Competition for High School Students

Opens: February 4th, 2019                                  Closes: April 30th, 2019

The main purpose of the competition is to educate the public about the dangers of Radon gas. Radon gas is formed from decaying uranium which is naturally occurring in Earth’s soils. Homes become a collection point for this carcinogenic and radioactive gas.

Some major facts to be considered:

  • Radon gas is colorless; odorless; and can only be detected by special testers or monitors.
  • Radon gas exposure is the second most common cause of lung cancer.
  • Levels of radon can vary significantly depending on meteorological factors (temperature, soil, moisture, etc.)
  • It is recommended that you test more than once a year or have a monitoring system installed. 


  1. Provide a written research abstract of radon facts with their resources listed (<1000 words not including the bibliography)
  2. Provide a digital message that maybe used as a public service announcement even if you are not selected as a finalist. The theme for the video should be: "What you can’t see, CAN hurt you!”
  3. Must attend a high school in any of the six counties serviced by West Central District Health Department. 


Up to six students are eligible to win scholarship prizes. The prizes will be assigned as follows:

1st place: $250

2nd place: $200

3rd place: $175

4th place: $150

5th place: $100

6th place: $75

Please submit your entries via the link below:

Submit Radon Competition Entry

Supported by Grant No. K1-00739927 under a subgrant from Environmental Protection Agency’s State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) Program and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.