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!
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 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.
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.
October 30th, 2018
5:30 p.m. ELLIS HALL 226
Anees Bahji, Nicka Kalaydina
November 5th, 2018
7 p.m. STIRLING HALL A
November 12th, 2018
7 p.m. BIOSCIENCES COMPLEX 1120
Idea bouncing and peer help
November 18th, 2018
3-6 p.m. QUEEN'S ARC 617
Idea bouncing and peer help
November 20th, 2018
2:30-5:30 p.m. QUEEN'S ARC 617
Science professionals and students
March 9th, 2019
Location and time TBA