Science story writing contest: Submit your entries by October 15
Entries have been invited under the ‘AWSAR’ Programme of the National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) Division, actively engaged in developing various outreach programs for scientific fraternity, functioning under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
‘Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research’ (AWSAR) is an initiative that aims to disseminate Indian research stories among the masses in an easy to understand and interesting format to a common man. Under this initiative, PhD Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs) in Science and Technology (S&T) streams would be encouraged to write at least one popular science article during the tenancy of their fellowship, and to participate in a national competition.
AWSAR envisage to bridge the existing gap in communicating research to common man by utilizing the latent potential of PhD Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs). The program is being coordinated by VigyanPrasar, an autonomous institute of DST.
AWSAR aims to (i) Encourage youth pursuing higher studies to submit at least one story/article based on their research work (ii) Foster, strengthen and create scientific temper through popular science writing and creating a culture of science communication/popularisation among the scholars (iii) Recognize the initiative and output of researchers on the specific aspects of Natural, Physical, Mathematical and Information sciences, Applied science, Technology, Engineering, and Multi-disciplinary science (iv) Conduct training Workshops for Early Career Researchers (PhD Scholars and PDFs) in popular science writing.
Under AWSAR, research scholars and Post Doctoral Fellows, who wish to publish their research in way that would interest non-scientific audiences, can submit entries which should be in the form of a story. The article must be based on the research undertaken by the individual researcher. The article could be on complete or part of the research conducted, but it should not be a general review of the area and must have the component of novel knowledge generated as part of the research. The article must aim at general audience through popular writing and should not be published elsewhere. It should be written in easy to understand language to convey the significance of the research for its outreach.
Eligibility: Applicants must be Indian citizens, pursuing PhD in Science &Technology and Post Doc fellows from a recognized University/R&D Institute. Applicants can only submit single article. Re-application by applicants from previous years is encouraged, as long as the eligibility criteria continue to be met. However, past winners of the Award will not be eligible to submit a research story second time in the same category.
Only original articles sent exclusively for nomination for AWSAR award will be accepted. Articles previously published elsewhere, or simultaneously sent for publication elsewhere, are not acceptable. The applicants are requested to mention the theme, title of the paper along with their name, affiliation, and contact details in the submitted article. Articles submitted should carry a declaration that the article is original and has not been previously published elsewhere. Article of 1000-1500 words (A4-size with 2.5 cm margin on all sides, single column, Times New Roman font, font size 12, 1.5 line spacing written in MS Word) will be accepted for further scrutiny.
Selection Criteria: The entries will be judged on the basis of accuracy, clarity, insightfulness, fairness, and resourcefulness. An Expert Panel of science communicators, media persons, subject experts and practitioners, constituted by DST, will evaluate the submitted science stories.
Award categories: For PhD researchers, the initial screening of the entry will be done by Expert Panel. 100 entries will be selected and each will be awarded with cash prize of 10,000/- along with Certificate of Appreciation. For Post doc fellows, 20 entries would be selected from articles submitted by PDFs relating to their line of research. Each will be awarded with cash prize of 10,000/- along with Certificate of Appreciation.
Selection of top three leading stories will be carried out in the second stage. For PhD researchers, the top three articles/stories will be selected from the leading 100 stories. Further, they will be awarded with the cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-, Rs.50,000/- and 25,000/- respectively. For Post doc fellows, one outstanding article/story will be selected from the leading 20 stories. Further the same will be awarded with the cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-.
These awards will be bestowed on 28th February at National Science day. All the awardees will be given an opportunity to attend Science Film Training Workshop organized by Vigyan Prasar.
Entries can be submitted at https://www.awsar-dst.in/ latest by October 15, 2019. More details can also be had from this site.