24 June 2016

Royal Society of Victoria Undergraduate Award for Science Communication

If you’re a student in your final year of an undergraduate degree, you are invited to submit an entry into this inaugural award.

The competition

Entry is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in the final year of a Bachelors degree at a Victorian university. However, the award is envisaged as being of most interest to students enrolled in science or humanities degrees that offer subjects on communication, media studies, journalism or professional writing.

Your 2000 word entry will focus on an issue relating to science and/or technology that you consider to be of interest to wider society, according to one of the following broad categories:

  1. recent scientific research findings
  2. the process of scientific research
  3. government policy and the funding of scientific research
  4. science in education – contemporary needs and challenges.

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.


The winning entry will receive a prize of $500 and will be published (subject to editorial process) in Lateral Magazine, a platform for some of Australia’s finest, emerging science writers to explore issues in science and society.

Five shortlisted finalists will each receive certificates from the Royal Society of Victoria, which will be presented at the award presentation ceremony.


  • The deadline for submissions is 5pm AEST on 31 July 2016.
  • Submission receipt will be emailed within two weeks of closing date.
  • RSV Awards Presentation 10 November 2016.

To enter or for more information, go to Undergraduate Award for Science Communication.

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