Student Discovery Zone and Scholarship Competition

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This years's Student Discovery Zone has exciting new features.

Arizona Bioscience Week Student Discovery Zone

Since it began in 2011, the Student Discovery Zone at the AZBio Awards has showcased the work of over 1,000 research posters created by Arizona students.

Due to the current levels of COVID-19 cases in Arizona,

the Student Discovery Zone Challenge Scholarship Competition

is now a 100% online competition.

Student Discovery Zone Challenge Scholarship Prizes:

High School Students:

  • Technical Merit: First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500), Third Place ($250)
  • People's Choice Award based on online votes: $500.00

University Students:

  • Technical Merit: First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500), Third Place ($250)
  • People's Choice Award based on online votes: $500.00

Please see below for Student Discovery Zone Challenge Scholarship Rules.

Video Submission Deadline  Extended to September 24, 2021

 


The 2021 Student Discovery Zone Scholarship Competition

RULES AND GUIDELINES

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  1. Full-time Students attending an Arizona High School or University are eligible to participate.  2020/2021 graduates who are continuing their education in Arizona or at another  university in the United States are also welcome.
  2. Projects must have a biotechnology and/or medical technology application.
  3. In the case of Students under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must email AdvancingBio@AZBio.org confirming that the student is authorized to participates AND that both the parent and the student agree to these Rules and Guidelines.
  4. To qualify for the scholarship competition, students must complete the Student Discovery Zone Application AND submit a 2-minute video (MP4 format) by Sept. 24, 2021 explaining their research and findings. Videos will be posted on YouTube.com/AZBio1 and AZBio.org for viewing by judges and the community. The naming convention for videos is  LastName_FirstName_School  Click here to upload your video
  5. Awards  for Technical Merit will be announced on Monday, October 11, 2021 on AZBio In The Loop.
  6. People's choice online voting will begin on Sunday, October 3 at 8:00 AM and close at Midnight on Saturday, October  9, 2021.  People's Choice Award winners will be announced on Monday, October 11, 2021 on AZBio In The Loop.

ETHICS STATEMENT

The Student Discovery Zone Challenge Competition  has adopted the Intel ISEF ethics statement which is stated below to which each student must adhere. Students found in non-compliance with these principles will be automatically disqualified.

“Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Such practices include plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs or the” BioGENEius Challenge.1

1. Society for Science and the Public. "International Rules for Precollege Science Research: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs." International Science and Engineering Fair Rules for All Projects. Ed. ISEF SRC. Science for Science and the Public. 29 Jan 2015 https://student.societyforscience.org/rules-all-projects.

How the Student Discovery Zone Challenge Competition Works

  1. Students must apply to participate no later than September 24 using the application button above.
  2. Project Guidelines:
    1. A project is deemed relevant if its content relates to the various applications of biotechnology such as health care, agriculture and forestry, food processing, mining and the environment, and forensics; and it applies the knowledge and techniques of the current courses at school and/or other scientific studies such as biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology and biotechnology.
    2. The project must include scientific experiments that recognize and control all significant variables and demonstrate excellent collection, analysis and presentation of data.
    3. The project should not involve the use of any dangerous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except under the direct supervision of qualified personnel with appropriate permission and consent forms completed and on file with the student's educational institution.
  3. In the case of a tie within the High School and/or University categories, prizes will be allocated proportionally.

Have a question? Email AdvancingBio@AZBio.org or call (480) 779-8101 for assistance.  

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