SABC 2010-11 presentation

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2010-2011 BioScience Education Canada

Objectives of the SABC? : 

Objectives of the SABC? Encourage more high school students to pursue studies and careers in biological sciences by offering them an opportunity to have a “graduate level research experience” in biotechnology. Encourage creativity and innovation a sense of ownership by permitting students to do research on an idea of their own. Increase public awareness about the benefits of biotechnology.

“not just another science fair” : 

“not just another science fair” Simulates real life research situation to give students hands-on research experience Students are encouraged to pursue their own solutions to real problems under the mentorship of top researchers

SABC Regional Competitions : 

SABC Regional Competitions St. John’s Halifax Moncton Montreal Eastern Ontario (Ottawa) Southwestern Ontario(London) Toronto Winnipeg Northern Manitoba Saskatoon Calgary Edmonton Vancouver Charlottetown (PEI) All regional 1st place winners go to Ottawa for a face-to-face national competition in May concluding with an Award Ceremony. Ask your Regional Coordinator about the prizes available in your region. In 2010 $10,750 was awarded to PEI students.

Dates and Deadlines : 

Dates and Deadlines For information about the application deadline and the date of the competition in your region, or to find the contact information for your Regional Coordinator, visit our website.

SABC National CompetitionMay, 2010 : 

SABC National CompetitionMay, 2010 1st and 2nd place winners in the SABC National Competition, win a chance to compete at the 2010 sanofi-aventis International BioGENEius Challenge. Over $16,000 in total cash prizes. In 2009 Melanie Gallant from PEI won 5th place - $1000

Competition Criteria : 

Competition Criteria The objective of our competition is to give students a “graduate level research experience” in biotechnology. Reflects “real world” of research Students submit research proposals for expert evaluation Approved projects receive up to $500 in funding Student teams are encouraged to have professional researchers as mentors Projects judged on quality of research, scientific knowledge and communication and on potential commercial applications

The Hard Parts ! : 

The Hard Parts ! 2 How do I write a proposal? 3 How do I find a mentor? 1 How do I find a topic? The topics are of your choice A proposal writing workshop is provided to assist you. SABC PEI will locate a mentor for you.

What Topics Qualify : 

What Topics Qualify Biotechnology crosses many sectors of human activity so identify a problem and imagine possible solutions. Some sectors are: Scott Dewar and Mark Townsend presenting their findings at the Regional Competition held at UPEI

1. Hints. : 

1. Hints. You are trying to find answers to problems. Where do you find the problems? Internet Newspapers Television Magazines Family Environment Community Other?? Some readily available science magazines are; Discover, New Scientist, SEED, American Scientist. Science Buddies: SMARTS:

Next steps…. : 

Next steps…. Take some time to explore possible solutions Brainstorm ideas and don’t exclude possibilities too quickly Try to look for similarities with other things that you know about Look for connections Most good ideas flow from something else If you are curious or fascinated about a problem, give it time to ferment. Take a Break! Often a solution becomes apparent when you step back and let your subconscious process.

2. Mentors : 

2. Mentors The SABC encourages all students to have professional researchers as mentors. Mentors are not assigned to projects or students by SABC. Mentors agree to help students on a voluntary basis and are free to accept or reject the opportunity to help for any reason. They may decline a proposal that does not fit within their interest or within the capabilities of their laboratory resources.

Finding Mentors : 

Finding Mentors Find out what the research strengths are in your local colleges, universities and hospitals. This might help you to identify a topic area. Unless you know the prospective mentor personally, it might be advisable to let your regional coordinator make the initial contact. Your regional coordinator will have a list of prospective mentors and the Proposal Evaluation Committee members will have some suggestions after they review your proposal.

Reality… : 

Reality… Some proposals that are submitted have already been reviewed by a mentor that the students have located in advance. If you can make early arrangements with a mentor, it is an advantage. Of course, the SABC wants the idea and proposal to be the work of the student, (not the Nobel prize winning mentor).

3. Proposal : 

3. Proposal How do I develop a suitable proposal that will be accepted by the Proposal Evaluation Committee of professional scientists? Don’t forget that you are submitting a proposal to gain research funding just as professional researchers do. Make it interesting and make sure to highlight the relevance. Don’t make it too ambitious for the time and resources that you have. Many projects are turned down by a committee if they feel that there won’t be a local mentor with the expertise to help the student(s). The following 4 slides indicate the requirements of a proposal and the same information can be found on the SABC website

Proposal Requirements and Headings to Include : 

Proposal Requirements and Headings to Include Proposal Title: (scientifically informative title) The proposal must be 1200 words or less and must be submitted on-line. What is hoped to be accomplished in the investigation? Question: What question are you trying to answer? (1 or 2 sentences)

Headings (2) : 

Headings (2) Introduction: Background information on the organism(s) or process(s) that will be investigated. (one or two short paragraphs). Relevant Application: Explanation of how the idea was arrived at or justification of why such an investigation is worth doing. Experimental Design: Detailed description subject groupings; Explanation of variables being controlled, manipulated and measured; Phases of experiments if they are to be done in stages.

Headings (3) : 

Headings (3) Results and Interpretation: Explanation of the form of results and suggestion of possible mechanisms APPENDICES: Materials and Methods: Detailed explanation of the methods and techniques required for proposed research work; List of materials, instruments and equipment that your school will be able to provide toward this project. Timeline of project: Indication of plan of progress toward SABC competition

Headings (4) : 

Headings (4) Budget: Please ensure that you include an itemized budget for up to $500.00 in your proposal. If a budget is not included, you will not receive this funding for project materials to conduct your experiments. Mentorship support: Name and contact information for supervising teacher; Name and contact information for mentor(s) or indication that suggestions for possible mentor(s) are required. Planned Proposal writing workshop(s) facilitated by experts from the BioTechnology field.

National Sponsors : 


Regional Sponsors : 

Regional Sponsors Prince Edward Island Business Development Inc. PEI BioAlliance National Research Council - Institute for Nutrisciences and Health Holland College PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development PEI Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning Innovation PEI Atlantic Veterinary College Prince Edward Island Food Technology Centre University of Prince Edward Island Phyterra Inc.

Follow up Information : 

Follow up Information SABC site - SABC PEI - Online Application - Student/Teacher help - PEI Facebook Group - SABC Presentation Online - overview 2009-10.htm

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