Welcome! This page is for submissions to the 2022 BMessays Contest. Are you a Western undergraduate science student? The Bachelor of Medical Sciences Association (BMSA) and Western Libraries are proud to present this opportunity to unleash your creativity, show off your writing, and compete to win amazing prizes in this semester's contest!

This year’s theme is: health equity. To enter, follow the submission guidelines below for a chance to win a prize as well as have your work published on Scholarship@Western.

Expository Essay

    Published recently on Western News, Professor of Economics, James Davies has expressed, “We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.” The Covid-19 global pandemic has greatly affected several social determinants of health and overall health equity in Canada.

    The Western News article and Public Health Ontario report linked below gives great detail on inequality and Covid-19, as well as how social determinants of health have been affected in Canada.

    You have witnessed first-hand how Canada has dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic through policy measures. If and when a pandemic occurs in the future, what would be your course of action to enhance health equity in Canada?

    Prompt: Pick two to three social determinants that you believe are critical to enhance health equity for Canadians. Describe what policy measures you would implement that address your chosen social determinants and how it would ultimately improve health equity in Canada.

    *Note: You are encouraged to include further research in your essay alongside the two resources provided below. Please cite in MLA format.

  • (1) Western News Article
  • (2) Public Health Ontario Report
  • Max. word count: 1000


Beginning to accept submissions   Feb. 12 at 6:00 a.m.
Deadline for submissions   April 8 at 11:59 p.m.


First place prize – Best Essay Submission award:

  • $250 Amazon gift card
  • Published in Scholarship@Western
  • Essay Runners-Up (2):

    • $50 Amazon gift card
    • Published in Scholarship@Western

    Important Links

    Submission Guidelines

    All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of student judges, followed by a final round of judging by our panel of experts. Judges TBD

    Ready to Submit?

    Submissions are now closed. Thank you!


    Contact Saniyah Qureshi, BMSA co-VP Communications or Ronnie Du, BMSA co-VP Communications

    • Email: squres55@uwo.ca or gdu6@uwo.ca
    • Subject line: QUESTION - BMessays Contest


    Congratulations to all of these students!

    Expository Essay Rankings:

    • First place: Katherine Haoyu Luo - Critical Social Determinants to Enhancing Health Equity: an Indigenous Perspective
    • Runner-up: Amy Kwon - Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Runner-up: Lisa Shin - Race, Income, and the COVID-19 Pandemic


Submissions from 2022


Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, Amy Kwon


Critical Social Determinants to Enhancing Health Equity: an Indigenous Perspective, Haoyu Luo


Race, Income, and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lisa Shin