Minds Underground Medicine Essay Competition is aimed at students in Year 12, but younger students are also welcome to enter.
This year, entrants choose one question to answer from the following options:
The competition is designed to give students an opportunity to engage in research, hone their writing and argumentative skills, and prepare for university interviews. Minds Underground also holds essay competitions for other science subjects like Psychology and STEM.
The Libra Essay Prize is for students in Years 12 and 13 who are looking to prepare for university. Inspired by the admissions process at All Souls College, Oxford, entrants write an essay (1,000-2,000 words) responding to a single-word title.
These are the essay title options for 2022:
Entrants are encouraged to use imagination in their essays to build interesting links between their chosen title and their school learning. There are prizes available of £75 for first place, £50 for second place and £25 for third place.
Sixth form students can form a team and compete for a prize in one of two streams – Lung Disease or Heart & Circulatory Disease. Each team can have up to six members, and each school can have one submission per prize – so check with your school before you enter.
The challenge is to design an ePoster which illustrates a strategy (combining hard sciences with biomedicine) to reduce the number of disabilities and deaths caused by lung disease or heart & circulatory disease. The judges are looking for a vision based on realistic trends in science and engineering, rather than summaries of existing care pathways.
The top ten shortlisted teams will present their ePosters to an audience online, and the top five teams will also be invited to present theirs at the Imperial Festival in 2023. In each stream, first, second and third prizes of £3,000, £2,000 and £1,000 will be awarded to schools in order to support science-related activities.
The Robinson College Essay Prize is open to Year 12 students, providing an opportunity to develop and showcase independent study and writing skills. It also allows students to experience the type of work that they might be expected to do at Cambridge.
Entrants submit an essay (no more than 2,000 words) answering a question from various options. Up to three entries can be submitted per school, so you should discuss your application with your school before entering.
Five prizes are awarded, with each winner receiving book tokens to the value of £50. Winners will also be invited to Robinson College for a prize-giving ceremony.
The University of Oxford Sixth Form Prize in Medicine is for Year 12 students from state-funded schools, colleges or sixth forms who are considering applying for Medicine.
The prize aims to raise awareness of traumatic injury, and encourage students with an interest in Medicine to explore this subject further and apply for Medical School.
Entrants write an essay (750-1,000 words) answering a question related to traumatic injury. First prize is a 7-day work experience placement in the Major Trauma Centre, Oxford.
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