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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 30th, 2017
7 p.m. BIOSCIENCES COMPLEX 1102
Dr. Philip Jessop
November 8th, 2017
5 p.m. BIOSCIENCES COMPLEX 1102
November 14th, 2017
7 p.m. QLC SPEAKER'S CORNER
Idea bouncing and peer help
November 18th, 2017
1-4 p.m. DOUGLAS LIBRARY 405
Queen's professors and students
January 27th, 2018
12:30-5 p.m. Beamish-Munro 109
October 1st, 2018
Details to be determined