Coming soon: UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2021

UNSW Students Bragg Prize

Get excited and mark your diaries… The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2021 goes live on April 20!

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What exactly is the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2021?

The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience. An initiative of UNSW PressUNSW 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.

Who is the competition for?

The UNSW Bragg student prize is open to all high school students in Years 7–10.

It’s a great way to complement your studies across all areas including Science, English, History & Geography, Design & Technology and more!

Who won last year?

Check out the winning and runner up entries from last year! The theme was ‘The Big Ideas Saving the Planet’.

WINNER: Cultured Meat: The future of food?

Elena Canty (Year 9, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Vic) wonders what we’ll be eating in the future. Read her winning essay in full here.

RUNNER UP: Stem Cells: Little cells, big possibilities

Philippe Mouawad (Year 7, Georges River Grammar School, NSW), explores stem cells as a solution to a number of the world’s problems. Read his essay in full here.

RUNNER UP: iPS Cells: The STEM of the future

Jeremy Simonetto (Year 8, St Patrick’s College, NSW), discusses the potential planet-changing uses for iPS cells in medical research. Read his essay in full here.

What’s next?

We’ll be bringing you updates on the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2021 in our weekly newsletter, so make sure you sign up to stay across the latest news and deets on this year’s theme and prizes.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals.


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