SCINAPSEQUEEN'S

Formerly Queen's Undergraduate Science Case Competition (USCC)

What we're up to

Registration for the 2018-2019 competition is now closed. Participants should receive their results by January 31st. Join our mailing list for important updates on the competition! We will also be holding our annual Careers Uncovered conference on March 9th; keep your eyes peeled for when registration opens!

  • 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 is revealed on 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 to see what everybody else has seen, and think what nobody has thought. - Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Come learn about the undergraduate research
    opportunities available to you at Queen's at
    Research Uncovered! Topics will include
    summer opportunities, how to get volunteer
    positions and funding during the school year,
    research opportunities abroad, and more!
    Speak to students directly about their own
    experiences as an undergraduate researcher
    in a relaxed environment.

    RESEARCH UNCOVERED 2018 (concluded)

    October 30th, 2018
    5:30 p.m. ELLIS HALL 226

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    Come out to learn how to get started on your submission. Two experts will talk about where cannabis took their research, including
    a past USCC national winner!

    RESEARCH TALK: HOW TO GET STARTED (concluded)

    Anees Bahji, Nicka Kalaydina
    November 5th, 2018
    7 p.m. STIRLING HALL A

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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 12th, 2018
    7 p.m. BIOSCIENCES COMPLEX 1120

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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 I (concluded)

    Idea bouncing and peer help
    November 18th, 2018
    3-6 p.m. QUEEN'S ARC 617

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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 II (concluded)

    Idea bouncing and peer help
    November 20th, 2018
    2:30-5:30 p.m. QUEEN'S ARC 617

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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!

    CAREERS UNCOVERED 2019

    Science professionals and students
    March 9th, 2019
    Location and time TBA

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