UWA Science Competition
Challenges Facing the World
This competition is proudly brought to you by the Faculty of Science.
Open to all undergraduate students (you don't have to be studying science) who are interested in the impact that science has on the world.
The Faculty of Science is currently designing a revised version of the competition, due for release in 2020. Working as a team, your challenge is to present a contemporary topic that interests you; something you predict will be a global issue to face humanity by 2050.
The prize: the winning team will win $3000! Plus any high-performing team will receive a Letter of Commendation from the Executive Dean.
The cohort will also be invited to relevant Faculty events that serve as networking opportunities as they arise throughout the semester.
There are three parts to this program:
1. Panel discussions: senior leaders in the Faculty of Science, industry and government representatives engage in conversation about global issues. The topic of conversation is driven by student demand. See how competing perspectives and broad expertise can be used to start addressing some of the greatest challenges facing the world.
Inspired by these conversations, choose a particular topic of interest. Form a team (2-4 people) to participate in the competition which consists of parts 2 and 3:
2. Science Fair: A public event held on October 8. Teams each have a stall and create an interactive display to showcase their topic to passers-by during communal lunch hour.
3. Video: Create a 3 minute video about your chosen topic.
How do I enrol ?
Login to studentConnect. Search for SCIE2207 > Enrol.
- No! Any Undergraduate student is able to participate. In fact, we encourage you to think multidisciplinary. One unique feature of this competition is that it allows you to work with other students (science or non-science peers) that you wouldn't normally get to because they're studying something different to you.
- This competition is registered as a 0-point unit, meaning it will not cost you money or affect your study load, but it will appear on your academic transcript so it can be recognised by employers.
- It will give you a unique experience to reflect on when applying for jobs. Depending on how you choose to engage with the program it could display lots of transferrable skills like communication, initiative and autonomy but also an ability to collaborate and work in a diverse team, leadership, broad-perspective, community engagement, global citizenship and more.
- If you win the competition you get money. Plus any high-performing team will receive a Letter of Commendation from the Executive Dean. You will also be invited to relevant Faculty events that serve as networking opportunities as they arise throughout semester.
- It gives you the chance to work with people you normally wouldn't get to because you're studying quite different disciplines; you get to choose the people you work with.
- By attending the panel discussion you will get to meet your Head of School (science students) and other influential people.
- When it becomes available, login to studentConnect. Search for SCIE2207 > Enrol. If you’d like to be notified when enrolment is available, subscribe to the mailing list below.
- No. Because this is voluntary experience, and because of the competitive nature of it, no teams will be granted an extension on any component of the competition. If you miss the deadline for whatever reason, you could consider trying again next year.
- Assuming you participate in the competition (both the Science Fair and video) this competition will appear on your transcript as 'UP' (Ungraded Pass).
- If you have enrolled in the competition but then find you can no longer participate simply withdraw from the unit; the student office will remove it from your transcript completely so it won't appear as 'withdraw' and certainly won't appear as a 'fail'.
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About Science at UWA
UWA is Western Australia’s top-ranked university, and Australia’s highest internationally ranked university for research in Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences and Environmental Science and Engineering (2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)).
For more information on science courses at UWA, visit study.uwa.edu.au.
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