SCINAPSEQUEEN'S

Formerly Queen's Undergraduate Science Case Competition (USCC)

What we're up to

Registration for USCC 2018-19 will open in October. Join our mailing list for important updates on the competition! Want to learn more about our club and our yearly events? Our introductory information session will also be happening very soon. And our fall hiring period has begun!
Apply for a position on our exec team here!

  • about the club

    Scinapse Queen's (formerly known as USCC Queen's) is a science-oriented student club at Queen's University. Its main mission is to promote undergraduate scientific research on campus by hosting competitions and events throughout the academic year. The major annual competition run by the club is the Undergraduate Science Case Competition (USCC), where students are challenged to propose a research plan to investigate a timely scientific issue or topic. Scinapse Queen's also hosts an annual conference, Careers Uncovered, that aims to expose delegates to career pathways in research, and establish connections between students, industry researchers, and professors.

  • About the competition

    The Undergraduate Science Case Competition (USCC) is designed to bring applicable, real-world education (read: not memorizing and regurgitating textbooks) to undergraduate students. Although the cases themselves are science-based, we encourage students from ALL disciplines to participate - the problem can be approached from many different angles including computer science, math, or social science!

    The specific case will revealed November 1st. Topics from past years include epilepsy, the Zika virus, and fracking. Teams of 2-4 write a proposal that is then judged by Queen's profs. Top scoring teams will proceed to the provincial conference in March (date TBD) to compete against other universities.

why participate in uscc?

opportunities

Labs in hospitals and universities recognize the achievement of competition winners. They prioritize them for research opportunities, and having prior experience is a definite asset. In addition to research institutions, our partnering corporations may provide internship or job opportunities to past competition winners.

connections

Connect with capable and like-minded peers, and learn from some of the most prestigious researchers. The competition brings together some of the brightest (and sometimes most quirky) minds across the province to engage in scientific dialogue.

prizes

Win a series of cash and book prizes provided by universities and educational companies. Each finalist who comes to Western for the provincial round will be awarded the Certificate of Merit, and the top teams of the provincial competition are awarded medallions signifying their achievement.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. - Wernher von Braun

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    An introduction to the club,
    competition, and sign-up process.
    FREE PIZZA will be provided!

    fall info session (concluded)

    September 30th, 2017
    7 p.m. BIOSCIENCES COMPLEX 1102

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    Queen's U professor Dr. Philip Jessop will be
    coming in to talk about how to get started in your
    research project.

    PROF TALK: HOW TO START RESEARCHING (concluded)

    Dr. Philip Jessop
    November 8th, 2017
    5 p.m. BIOSCIENCES COMPLEX 1102

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    Now that you've got an idea (or two), it's
    time to get cracking on the write-up.
    Valerie Ashford will be sharing her expertise
    in writing proposals. A good idea's
    nothing if it's not expressed well!

    LIBRARY TALK: WRITING A PROPOSAL (concluded)

    Valerie Ashford
    November 14th, 2017
    7 p.m. QLC SPEAKER'S CORNER

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    Now that we're nearing the end of the
    competition, it might be a good idea to get some
    help with refining your submission. Peers and
    USCC members will be present at this informal
    help session to give some feedback about your
    idea and proposal. Walk-ins are welcome!

    INFORMAL HELP SESSION (concluded)

    Idea bouncing and peer help
    November 18th, 2017
    1-4 p.m. DOUGLAS LIBRARY 405

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    Thinking of what to do after graduation?
    Come listen to students and profs alike
    as they spill the beans about what they did with
    their degrees. Networking session included!

    ft. Queen's profs, professional brewmasters, and
    many more! Register through our
    Facebook event!

    CAREERS UNCOVERED (concluded)

    Queen's professors and students
    January 27th, 2018
    12:30-5 p.m. Beamish-Munro 109

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    An introduction to the club,
    competition, and sign-up process.
    FREE PIZZA will be provided!

    fall info session

    October 1st, 2018
    Details to be determined

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