Essay Competition

The NxG Science Communicator

While 2020 has put most of us through a difficult time, it has brought hope to science enthusiasts like you and us. This pandemic altered the scientific research and publication process by increasing the number of preprints, shortening peer-review time and granting open publication. For the first time in the last three years, science started to gain more trust than before. Thanks to science communicators, people have begun to understand how important science is to the society in general and to one’s daily life. More and more people support the notion that the government should formulate science-based regulations for the betterment of humankind. That being said, there is still a long way to go. Almost a third of people don’t believe that science makes a huge impact in their lives. We can imagine how hard it was for you to counteract the false information or misinformation spread around during this pandemic. We have a responsibility to cut down these numbers. One of the frequently used (or maybe the most used) terms of this year was ‘quarantine’.  The earliest known practice of quarantining to curb plague infection dates back to the 14th century. The insulin shots that help hundreds of thousands of diabetic patients today was purified from crude pancreas extract a hundred years back. The scientific advances we enjoy today have a great history to appreciate and learn from. This year, we, the NGSF invite young science writers to bring to light the historical and societal impact of such novel discoveries in the field of biological sciences by participating in our essay writing competition-Next Gen Science Communicator.

Topic:

Science in Social and Historical Perspectives

Eligibility:

Applicants must be pursuing a Life Science degree (Up to the graduate level). 

Requirements:

  • The essay should address a societal/historical issue and the contributions of the science to overcome them. (Focus on lesser known discoveries/Inventions)
  • General public is the target audience, so avoid using scientific jargon and convey your story in an engaging tone
  • The essay can follow any writing structure. Please cite all references. 
  • Word count should not exceed 1000 words. 
  • Submissions should me made through our online submission portal

The Award

The best essays that are simple, engaging and scientifically sound will be published in our blog. Among the published essays we plan to award a cash prize of INR 5000 to four essays – three chosen by the NGSF Team (of scientists and science communicators) and the other based on the number of readership views over a month (Chosen independent of first three). Therefore a possibility to win upto INR 10,000 for the best essay. Publishing essays in our blog has helped authors gain a wide readership. Less than two years since its inception, our website has had 50,000 views from 74 different countries.

In addition to cash prize, winners get invitation to participate in NGS Authors Program which financially assists science communicators to publish in our blog.

Competition Timeline:

SUBMISSIONS: December 15,2020 to February 15,2021

Publishing on the blog: March 15 , 2021

Announcement of Winners: April 15, 2021

Examples:

Check out last year’s essays!

  1. The Resolution of Revolutions by Sukanya Chakraborty
  2. Biochar by Sulibhavi Suvarna
  3. Alzheimer’s Disease – A Scientific and Public Issue by Charvi Sharma
  4. The Golden Road to CRISPR/Cas9 From the Enigmatic Sequence in E. Coli to Human Genome Editing by Sonali Pal
  5. The Tale of a Rare Genetic Disease – A Scientific Jaunt by Shakunthala Natarajan

Last year’s winners

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