Porter Scholar Application Essay Question

If you are applying to be a first-year Porter Scholar, you must attach to your application an essay, of not less than 500 words, in which you address the following:

Please describe the traits that you think are important if someone is to succeed in a mathematics or science career and enjoy that profession. Explain why you think each trait is needed and discuss which of the traits that you have described are ones that are characteristic of you. Provide some specific examples of how you have shown these traits.