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Win a Young Scientist Encouragement Award

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

If you are a young scientist you can enter our competition to win a $1500 Encouragement Award. This award is intended to provide you with financial assistance to attend a relevant science meeting or to further your research or studies.

The competition:

Since the launch of their Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates have pledged to give away a large share of fortune to charitable causes and have urged other billionaires to do the same. Recently researchers at the University of Wollongong were awarded $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build a better condom using hydrogel material. Another $100,000 was awarded to RMIT to assist in the development of a biosensor to diagnose malaria and other diseases.

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The question is – if you were awarded $100,000 today from the Foundation to assist you with your research, what would you spend this money on and why?

Prepare a single PowerPoint slide to summarise your answer and pitch your proposal. This can be in the form of a poster and can include tables, graphs or pictures to illustrate your information.

 The award:

The participant who submits the most interesting, surprising or amusing entry will receive a A$1500 award. There are also two runners up awards of $600 each.


The conditions:

The competition is open to science graduates including Masters, PhD candidates and Post doc scientists aged 30 or younger who work in the fields of the Life or Material or Chemical or Environmental Sciences* in Australian or New Zealand organisations. We can only accept one entry per person. Winning entries will be posted on our website and Facebook and featured in our newsletter. Payment is conditional upon your supervisor or organisation giving written permission for you to receive this award. The entries will be assessed by a panel of ATA Scientific staff. * As a guide these fields include Biotech, Protein, Pharma, Food, Agriculture, Chemical, Polymer, Ceramics, Particles, Surfaces, Minerals, Soil and Water.

Entries close 30 June 2016

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