The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience. An initiative of UNSW Press, UNSW Science and Refraction Media, the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry on their CV.
The Bragg Prizes are named for Australia’s very first Nobel Laureates, the father-and-son team of William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg. 2015 marked the centenary of their Nobel Prize win in Physics for their work on the X-ray analysis of crystal structures. William Henry Bragg was a firm believer in making science popular among young people. His lectures for students were described as models of clarity and intellectual excitement. More information about the Bragg prizes can be found here.
Entering is easy! Write a short piece about an Australian invention or discovery. Entries must be less than 800 words and can cover:
• How did the discovery or invention come about? Was it accidental or deliberate?
• Who made it?
• What was discovered or what did the invention do?
• What was its importance? What knowledge was gained and how was it used?
• Why do you find it fascinating?
• What impact did it have at the time and what does it mean for the world today?
• How has this discovery or invention changed your life?
The Bragg Student Prize is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry on their CV.
The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing offers English, Maths, Design, Social studies, IT and Science students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and interest in writing, discovery and invention.
To help you use the competition in the classroom we have compiled:
• a brainstorm template
• a research/data/ideas gathering pro forma that students can use to help them pull together some content for their essays.
The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher, a subscription to the Australian Book Review and a trip to the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2016 in Sydney in early November. Entries close 26 August.
Entries close 26 August.
Humans are naturally inquisitive and, since time immemorial, have always strived to make sense of the world around us. Scientific discovery has shaped all aspects of human living, from the discovery of other planets to the development of medications and vaccines to combat deadly illnesses.
We’ve put together a bunch of awesome Australian discovery and invention ideas to get your essay topic sorted. Click to read more.
Before you start surfing a minefield of information on discoveries and inventions, narrow down your topic. Think about what inspires you in this area. Is there something you have seen or watched? Something you have come across and want to know more about? A historical explorer or inventor with an interesting story, or a technology that you’d like to learn more about?
There’s a list of inspiring discovery and invention ideas here to get you started, but there’s plenty more you could write about, and if you are passionate about the topic, this will clearly come through in your essay. We’ve also put together some great tips on how to write your essay. Click to read more.
Judges will assess entries on: suitability of topic, language and tone, accuracy, imaginative quality and overall quality of writing.
Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges comprising: Kathy Bail, Chief Executive of UNSW Press; Heather Catchpole, Creative Director of Refraction Media; Jo Chandler, Editor of The Best Australian Science Writing 2016; Stephanie Schwarz, a teacher at Moriah College in Sydney; and Deborah Smith, Media Officer in the UNSW Faculty of Science and former Science Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
The winners will be notified in October 2016 and publicly announced on 14 October 2016.