The RDS is calling for entries for the 2010 RDS McWilliams Young Science Writers’ Competition.
With great prizes to be won, this is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their research and writing skills across all areas of science.
Entries are open to students aged 12 to 19, and the prizes include a high-spec laptop for the overall winner as well as an iPod Touch, €150 and €100 to be won in each category.
The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, 23 April.
Topics and styles
No restrictions are placed on the topic you can write about. Entries can be in the form of a science report based on scientific facts, or a short story which is limited only by your imagination.
Past winning entries have included:
- Journalistic style interviews with practising scientists about their areas of research
- Topical matters such as gene therapy, the Big Bang and nuclear energy
- Chronicles of the life and works of famous scientists including Galileo, Einstein and Archimedes
The competition is named after the meteorologist and science communicator Brendan McWilliams (1944-2007). For almost 20 years his daily “Weather Eye” column in The Irish Times was one of the most popular features of the newspaper.
Check out the entry guidelines and tips for writing a prize-winning entry