2016 Undergraduate Award for Science Communication – Royal Society of Victoria

Anyone is up to the challenge? Please forward onto your final year undergraduate students, as they may be interested in the below. We look forward to reading some excellent entries from Deakin University!

Royal Society VictoriaThe Royal Society of Victoria is delighted to announce its inaugural Undergraduate Award for Science Communication, open to all students enrolled at a Victorian university in their final year of an undergraduate degree.

While the award is open to students of all disciplines, it is envisaged of being of most interest to those enrolled in science or humanities degrees with subjects in communication, media studies, journalism, or professional writing and editing.

Essays submitted for judging should be 2,000 words in length, reflecting the journalistic style of science journalism in the contemporary, mainstream news media. A key criterion for assessment is clear articulation and a genuine ‘grappling’ with the complexities of science communication, making complex matters relating to science and technology engaging and accessible to a lay readership.

Shortlisted finalists will each receive certificates from the Royal Society of Victoria at an award ceremony on the evening of Thursday, 10 November 2016. The winning entry will receive a prize of $500 and will have their piece published in Lateral Magazine, a platform for some of Australia’s finest, emerging science writers to explore issues in science and society.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 31 July, 2016. Full details and an application portal are available online from HERE.