Duke Summer Research Competition

Ages:High School

Type:Submission

Category:STEM

Scope:Local

Apr 1, 2019 12:01am PDT Registration Opens

Aug 16, 2019 11:59pm PDT Registration Closes

Participants in Duke Summer Session benefit from a range of learning opportunities throughout their experience on campus. However, some participants may want to go even beyond what they learn in their courses. If you want to challenge yourself and see how you can apply what you have learned over the summer into real-world research and analysis, you will have that opportunity this coming summer.

To give you the option of taking your studies a step further, we will be hosting the Duke Summer Session Research Competition for individuals participating in Summer Academy and the Accelerated STEM Academy.  This competition will challenge you to take the information you have learned from your summer courses and conduct a research project gathering and analyzing real-world information based on your summer program’s theme. You will submit your research in a written report by August 16, 2019.  Reports will be reviewed by a panel of experts from Duke University’s community, giving each competitor valuable feedback on your analytical skills.  All participants with complete submissions will receive certificates from Duke University.  The top submissions will receive awards based on the evaluation of the degree to which you developed your research and analysis.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to stretch your capabilities and see how you can apply what you learned over the summer in a competitive situation where your skills are put to the test in a real-world analytical challenge. All Summer Academy and Accelerated STEM Academy participants are eligible for this competition.

Students will conduct a research project analyzing real-world information about how our reliance on internet connected technologies could pose problems for our future. The students will then identify a challenge and propose a solution writing up their research in a report that must be submitted through the ICS Dashboard.

Each submission should respond to the following "Challenge Prompt"

 

Challenge Prompt

In less than 50 years the use of electronics, computer technology, and particularly the internet has revolutionized organizations, communities and societies. If you took someone living in 1970 and transported them to today, they wouldn’t recognize much of the world around them. And perhaps more importantly, people born after the internet revolution would not recognize life without these technologies!

Technology has allowed us to make amazing leaps in healthcare, communications, scientific research, and nearly every other area of society. However, the increasing prevalence of these technologies also comes with its own challenges. An increasing digital divide, social-emotional challenges, sleep and other health related concerns, heightened cyber-security challenges – these are all examples of problems being faced by modern society stemming from our increasing reliance on connected technologies.

At the Duke University Summer Session, you learned tools and skill sets that can help you address different types of challenges. Whether it be learning about business, entrepreneurship,  leadership, scientific research, mathematics, or cyber-security, the summer academies helped provide a basis for understanding new ways to tackle global challenges. In this extended learning research competition, we are challenging you to take the skills you have learned and apply them to creating new ways to approach the biggest challenges of our time.

To compete, students must first identify and characterize a modern global challenge that is being brought on by our use of or reliance on internet connected technologies. Then, you must propose a solution to the challenge using the skills learned from your Summer Academy. Proposals must be written up in a report detailing the challenge itself, and your solution.

 

Submissions will be evaluated on a 24 point scoring rubric:

  • Executive Summary (3 points): points are awarded based on how clearly written the executive summary to the report is and whether it summarizes all of the key points of the report without adding extraneous information.
  • Understanding the Challenge (6 points): points are awarded based on how well the student demonstrates understanding of the various aspects of the challenge they have identified. Have they missed any major causes, impacts, or effects of the challenge? Have they clearly defined what the challenge is, it’s relation to internet connected technologies, and what impacts it has on society.
  • Solution Impact (6 points): points are awarded based on how well the report demonstrates an understanding of the impact their solution could have, who is affected, and how well defined the solution is based on real-world data.
  • Use of Academy Skills (3 points): points are awarded based on the demonstration of the student’s use of the skills learned in their Duke Summer Academy. Have they utilized tools taught in the academy effectively? Have they included analyses and information in their report that build from what was shared in the academy?
  • Recommendations & Solution Execution (6 points): points are awarded based on how well the report identifies how the solution could be executed. It should be based on real-world data and include specific recommendations on what organizations need to take action and what that action should be.

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://summersession.duke.edu/research-competition

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:
Joshua Neubert
josh@competitionsciences.org

Entry Fee: 0

This competition is open to students in High School.

Apr 1, 2019 12:01am PDT Registration Opens

Aug 16, 2019 11:59pm PDT Registration Closes

Overview

Participants in Duke Summer Session benefit from a range of learning opportunities throughout their experience on campus. However, some participants may want to go even beyond what they learn in their courses. If you want to challenge yourself and see how you can apply what you have learned over the summer into real-world research and analysis, you will have that opportunity this coming summer.

To give you the option of taking your studies a step further, we will be hosting the Duke Summer Session Research Competition for individuals participating in Summer Academy and the Accelerated STEM Academy.  This competition will challenge you to take the information you have learned from your summer courses and conduct a research project gathering and analyzing real-world information based on your summer program’s theme. You will submit your research in a written report by August 16, 2019.  Reports will be reviewed by a panel of experts from Duke University’s community, giving each competitor valuable feedback on your analytical skills.  All participants with complete submissions will receive certificates from Duke University.  The top submissions will receive awards based on the evaluation of the degree to which you developed your research and analysis.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to stretch your capabilities and see how you can apply what you learned over the summer in a competitive situation where your skills are put to the test in a real-world analytical challenge. All Summer Academy and Accelerated STEM Academy participants are eligible for this competition.

Process

Students will conduct a research project analyzing real-world information about how our reliance on internet connected technologies could pose problems for our future. The students will then identify a challenge and propose a solution writing up their research in a report that must be submitted through the ICS Dashboard.

Each submission should respond to the following "Challenge Prompt"

 

Challenge Prompt

In less than 50 years the use of electronics, computer technology, and particularly the internet has revolutionized organizations, communities and societies. If you took someone living in 1970 and transported them to today, they wouldn’t recognize much of the world around them. And perhaps more importantly, people born after the internet revolution would not recognize life without these technologies!

Technology has allowed us to make amazing leaps in healthcare, communications, scientific research, and nearly every other area of society. However, the increasing prevalence of these technologies also comes with its own challenges. An increasing digital divide, social-emotional challenges, sleep and other health related concerns, heightened cyber-security challenges – these are all examples of problems being faced by modern society stemming from our increasing reliance on connected technologies.

At the Duke University Summer Session, you learned tools and skill sets that can help you address different types of challenges. Whether it be learning about business, entrepreneurship,  leadership, scientific research, mathematics, or cyber-security, the summer academies helped provide a basis for understanding new ways to tackle global challenges. In this extended learning research competition, we are challenging you to take the skills you have learned and apply them to creating new ways to approach the biggest challenges of our time.

To compete, students must first identify and characterize a modern global challenge that is being brought on by our use of or reliance on internet connected technologies. Then, you must propose a solution to the challenge using the skills learned from your Summer Academy. Proposals must be written up in a report detailing the challenge itself, and your solution.

 

Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on a 24 point scoring rubric:

  • Executive Summary (3 points): points are awarded based on how clearly written the executive summary to the report is and whether it summarizes all of the key points of the report without adding extraneous information.
  • Understanding the Challenge (6 points): points are awarded based on how well the student demonstrates understanding of the various aspects of the challenge they have identified. Have they missed any major causes, impacts, or effects of the challenge? Have they clearly defined what the challenge is, it’s relation to internet connected technologies, and what impacts it has on society.
  • Solution Impact (6 points): points are awarded based on how well the report demonstrates an understanding of the impact their solution could have, who is affected, and how well defined the solution is based on real-world data.
  • Use of Academy Skills (3 points): points are awarded based on the demonstration of the student’s use of the skills learned in their Duke Summer Academy. Have they utilized tools taught in the academy effectively? Have they included analyses and information in their report that build from what was shared in the academy?
  • Recommendations & Solution Execution (6 points): points are awarded based on how well the report identifies how the solution could be executed. It should be based on real-world data and include specific recommendations on what organizations need to take action and what that action should be.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://summersession.duke.edu/research-competition

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:
Joshua Neubert
josh@competitionsciences.org

Entry Fee: 0

This competition is open to students in High School.

Deadlines

Apr 1, 2019 12:01am PDT Registration Opens

Aug 16, 2019 11:59pm PDT Registration Closes