The Science Communication Hub Nigeria opens applications for the National Life Science Competition for Nigerian students.
The competition is aimed at inspiring all Nigerian secondary school and tertiary institution students to develop interests in life science courses or solving life science-related societal challenges.
The National Life Science Competition is themed, “The role of societies and communities in tackling pandemics” and is open to the following categories of Nigerian students:
- Tertiary Institution Category: For students in Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities studying any subject
- Secondary School Category: Open to all Nigerian secondary school students
Stage 1 (March 29 – April 30, 2021)
Pre-qualification test: Register here to start the test. Participants with the highest score will be contacted with instructions on the next phase of the competition.
Stage 2 (May 10 – June 7, 2021)
Submission of Essays: Qualified participants will be required to submit a 400 – 500 words essay on the role of societies and communities in tackling pandemics.
Stage 3 (3rd – 4th July 2021)
Life science pitch to be held online, followed by the selection of winners and award ceremony
Benefits of participation
For each category:
- 1st position — ₦100, 000
- 2nd position — ₦75, 000
- 3rd position — ₦50, 000
- The Professor Isa Hussaini Marte Young Life Scientist Award — ₦100, 000
- The Professor Omowunmi Agboola Sadik Prize in Innovation — ₦100, 000
- The Professor Abba Zubair Prize in Multidisciplinary Innovation — ₦100, 000
- The Professor Christian Happi Excellence in Genomics Award — ₦50, 000
- People’s Choice Award (Sponsored by University of Sussex West African Office ) — ₦100, 000
- The NABDA/OFAB Nigeria Excellence in Biotechnology Award — ₦50, 000
- Finalists and winners will receive certificates of commendation
- Finalists and winners will be paired with experts for long term mentorship
- Winners will receive training organized by Sprint for Social Good (SfSG) on ‘creativity and innovation’. They will be guided to apply skills learnt to develop their ideas and potential to be the future scientists of Africa and shape socio-economic development.
How to apply
- As stated in the competition’s timeline, you need to register here for a pre-qualification test
- You can only take the quiz/test once. Duplicate submissions will be disqualified automatically
- The test duration is 30 minutes. Endeavour to submit within the stipulated time
- You are advised to ensure that the quality of your Internet is good to avoid disruption.
The deadline for application is Friday, April 30, 2021.
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