A polluted river in India

Science Case Study Competition

The Science Case Study Competition is an opportunity for the brightest undergraduate students from selected universities across India to compete to solve a critical issue facing India's ecosystem; water pollution.

Teams of 2-4 students will participate in preparing a response to a case study prepared by academics from The Australian National University.

How it works

Students form groups of 2-4 people all attending the same university register for the competition. There is no entry fee.

To ensure all teams have the same amount of preparation time, teams will all receive an email containing a link to download the case study, marking rubric and upload link.

Teams will then have four weeks to complete their response to the case study, and submit it via the upload link.

Responses will be reviewed and assessed by Australian National University academics, and the top five submissions will be invited to record a 5 minute video presentation of their submission to the case study.

The top three submissions based on their written and video submissions will be awarded prizes at their university by Australian National University Academics.

Winners will be notified by email and SMS.

Submissions are to be in 12pt font, and pdf format. The word limit is 5000 words, and is not to be exceeded. Please use the Harvard referencing style. Plagiarism will not be tolerated; any entries suspected of being plagiarised may be disqualified.

Prizes

  • 1st prize: a $2000 Visa gift card
  • 2nd prize: a $1000 Visa gift card
  • 3rd prize: a $500 Visa gift card

All participants will receive a certificate of participation from The Australian National University. Participants selected to submit a video presentation will receive a finalist certificate of achievement. Winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will receive a Visa gift card and a certificate.

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Important dates

  • 3 March - Registrations open
  • 30 June - Registrations close
  • 20 July - Case study released
  • 20 August - Case study submissions due
  • 3 September - Finalists notified
  • 10 September - Finalists submit a 5 video explaining their solution
  • Late September - Winners announced and presented prizes.

Terms and conditions

  1. ANU Joint Colleges of Science is the ANU Joint Colleges of Science  (ABN: 52 234 063 906)
  2. Information on how to enter the ANU Science Case Study Competition forms part of these Terms and Conditions.
  3. Entry is open to undergraduate/bachelor students attending Miranda House, Hindu College, Hansraj College, St Stephen's College, Sri Venkateshwara College, Shivaji College, Mithibai College, St. Xaviers College, Sophia College for Women, Jai Hind College, SIES College, B.K Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, SRM University, Rajalakshmi, Engineering College, Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Jain University, RV College of Engineering, Jyoti Nivas, Mount Carmel College, Christ University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Osmania University, BITS Pilani and Fergusson College only, and must be currently enrolled in a current undergraduate program and be undertaking at least one science related unit. (This list is subject to all universities agreeing to participate in the competition)
  4. Entry to the competition is via the science.anu.edu.au website: www.science.anu.edu.au\
  5. There is no entry fee for the competition.
  6. ANU College of Science Staff and their immediate family are excluded from participation
  7. The competition registration opens at 9am Tuesday 3 March 2020 AEDT and closes at 11.59pm Tuesday 30 June 2020 AEDT.
  8. There are three (3) prizes available for the three best entries:
    1. First Prize is a Visa Gift card to the value of $2000 Second Prize is a Visa Gift card to the value of $1000; and Third Prize is a Visa Gift card to the value of $500;
    2. All prizes are in Australian Dollars (AUD).
  9. ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right to modify or remove any prizes if required, or not to award a prize.
  10. Gift cards are valid for 36 months from the date of the prize draw.
  11. The Prize must be taken as stated and no compensation will be payable if the Prize Winner is unable to use the prize as stated. The prize is not transferable to another person or exchangeable for other goods and services and cannot be redeemed as cash.
  12. The entrant will be solely responsible for any costs or taxes incurred as part of the competition, or claiming of the prize, including but not limited to any taxes.
  13. As a condition of accepting the ANU Science Case Study Competition Prize the Prize Winners, must sign any legal documentation as and in the form required by ANU Joint Colleges of Science. Prize Winners consent to a photograph with ANU Science, Health and Medicine staff and consent to the use of the image and video for relevant marketing activities.
  14. Prize winners will be notified in writing (email/SMS) within fourteen (14) days of the academic panel completing their review of each case study. Results of the Case Study Competition will be published on the ANU Science, Health and Medicine Website www.science.anu.edu.au
  15. Entries must not exceed the 5000 word limit (excluding references, headings and title text) and ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right to use its discretion should entries exceed this limit.
  16. Only one entry is allowed per group. Each group must contain two (2) to four (4) students from the same university.
  17. By entering the competition, you declare that the submitted work is entirely your own. ANU Joint Colleges of Science will immediately disqualify any work suspected of being plagiarised or suspected to be subject to academic misconduct.
  18. Entries must be written in English, in pdf format.
  19. By entering the competition, entrants declare that material does not infringe on any copyright or licenses. It remains the entrants’ responsibility to ensure this is the case. ANU Joint Colleges of Science is not liable for any losses as a result of entering this competition.
  20. The views expressed in the essays do not reflect on the views of ANU Joint Colleges of Science, and remain solely the views of the entrant.
  21. By entering the competition, you declare that all information provided is correct and not misleading, and you meet the eligibility requirements. If ANU Joint Colleges of Science suspects that any false information has been provided, or if an entrant is ineligible, the work will be disqualified.
  22. ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right to withdraw applications at any stage for any reason determined appropriate by ANU Joint Colleges of Science.
  23. ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right to extend or modify the closing date.
  24. Submissions will be marked by a panel of judges chosen by ANU Joint Colleges of Science. As part of the competition ANU Joint Colleges of Science will provide submissions and entrant details to each member of the judging panel.
  25. ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right to determine the final outcome of the competition, and to name and order winners and prizes, in discussion with sponsors and judges.
  26. By entering the competition, the entrant gives permission for ANU Joint Colleges of Science and sponsors to use the winners name, likeness and work for promotional purposes, and other purposes deemed appropriate.
  27. Participants agree that ANU Joint Colleges of Science and sponsoring entities are not liable for any damages or losses arising from the competition.
  28. All submitted work is subject to the ANU Joint Colleges of Science Privacy Policy.
  29. Incomprehensible and incomplete entries will be deemed invalid.
  30. ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of ANU Joint Colleges of Science, includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions of entry or who has, in the opinion of ANU Joint Colleges of Science, engaged in conduct in entering the promotion which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the promotion and/or ANU Joint Colleges of Science. ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right to disqualify a winner if ANU Joint Colleges of Science becomes aware that the winner and/or the winner’s entry is of a type described in this clause.
  31. ANU Joint Colleges of Science accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries including delays in the completion of tasks due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.
  32. ANU Joint Colleges of Science’s decision is final and ANU Joint Colleges of Science will not enter into correspondence regarding the Competition result or winning entries.
  33. In the case of the intervention of any outside act, agent or event which prevents or significantly hinders ANU Joint Colleges of Science’s ability to proceed with the competition on the dates and in the manner described in these terms and conditions, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strike, war, act of terrorism, ANU Joint Colleges of Science may in its absolute discretion cancel the competition and recommence it from the start on the same conditions, subject to any directions given under State Regulation.
  34. ANU Joint Colleges of Science reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual they believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion.
  35. ANU Joint Colleges of Science collects personal information about you to enable you to participate in this promotion.