Society for Endocrinology Student Essay Prize 2016

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Student Essay Prize

Are you an undergraduate or postgraduate student?

Do you want to be recognised as having achieved outstanding academic merit?

Submit your work to the Student Essay Prize today and you could win a £1000 first prize!

it your work to the Student Essay Prize today and you could win a £1000 first prize!

» £1,000 will be awarded for the winning essay. Extra credit will be given for readability, originality and topicality of your chosen subject in endocrinology.
» Gain recognition for your work, through publication of your essay on the Society’s website
» Raise your profile amongst peers, with consideration of publication of your essay in the Society’s quarterly newsletter, The Endocrinologist*
»Advance your career development, by inclusion of the achievement on your CV and a winner’s certificate in your portfolio
This award is to recognise outstanding academic merit by students at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. The competition is open to all students currently studying on an undergraduate course or studying for a postgraduate degree at an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The top prize is £1,000. A number of runner–up prizes of up to £250 are available plus a number of highly commended certificates. All winners will be provided with a certificate, will be recognised in our members’ magazine, The Endocrinologist, and on our website. All winners will also receive their 2016 membership to the Society for Endocrinology for free along with a year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology; which includes networking opportunities as well as subscription to The Biologist magazine.

Deadline: 11 February 2016

Terms and conditions

1. The essay should be endocrine-related and based on a topical aspect of endocrinology
2. Authors should be mindful of effective science communication with the lay audience when writing essays and that essays simply written as part of an undergraduate/postgraduate course are not suitable
3. Submissions should be in the style of an article for New Scientist and should not be too ‘dry’ bearing in mind it should be pitched at a level suitable for lay public readership. Extra credit will be awarded for essays illustrating thought-provoking, opinionated and readable content
4. Essays are required to be the original work of the candidate and written and submitted in the same academic year as the competition deadline. If it contains material such as previously published illustrations or tables, the material must be clearly identified and acknowledged within the text. Essays will be checked electronically for plagiarism
5. Essays should not exceed 1500 words and have a maximum of 10 references; these can be excluded from your word count
6. One essay per applicant in any particular year may be submitted
7. Essays are marked anonymously by our Grants Panel; please ensure that no reference to yourself, your institution, supervisor or colleagues are made within the essay itself. Essays containing identifying information will not be considered. The decision of the Grants Panel is final
8. By entering the competition the entrant agrees to transfer the copyright of the submitted essay to the Society for Endocrinology, giving the Society the right to reproduce, distribute and broadcast the essay in printed, electronic or any other medium, and in turn to authorise others to do the same. The Society will also have the right to edit the essays as deemed appropriate for publishing. If your essay is not one of the prize winning essays, all rights revert back to the author
9. By entering this competition, I understand and agree, in the event that my essay is chosen for a prize or highly commended certificate, that the Society for Endocrinology will contact the institution where I am based to verify my status at that institution
10. The Society reserves the right to withhold the prize if the standard of the essays submitted is not of sufficient merit
11. In the event of your essay being unsuccessful we are not able to provide feedback

How to submit your essay

Student Essay Prize Application view here;

Essays must be submitted using our online system below. We will not accept applications in any other form. Candidates may find the additional marking guidelines below beneficial, Also to view the Student Essay Prize Poster, for more Inquiries and to view previous winning papers visit

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