SABC 2009-10 presentation (brief)

Category: Education

Presentation Description

An overview for the 2009-10 Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge in Prince Edward Island, Canada. For further information contact Keith Tompkins at [email protected]


Presentation Transcript

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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 on April 26-27 concluding with an Award Ceremony. Ask your Regional Coordinator about the prizes available in your region. In 2009 $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. Early – October 15th Final – November 15th Competition – April 2010

SABC National CompetitionMay 5-6, 2009 : 

SABC National CompetitionMay 5-6, 2009 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: Melanie Gallant from Ecole Francois Buote explaining her project at the 2009 SABC Regional event 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:

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

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. A local committee will do everything they can to accept the proposal and match the student with a local mentor with the expertise to help the student(s).

Proposal Development : 

Proposal Development Students and Teachers Proposal Writing Workshop(s) October 13th TOSH October 20th CRHS

National Sponsors : 


Regional Sponsors : 

Regional Sponsors Prince Edward Island Business Development Inc.PEI BioAllianceNational Research Council - Institute for Nutrisciences and HealthHolland CollegePEI Department of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentAtlantic Veterinary CollegePrince Edward Island Food Technology CentreUniversity of Prince Edward IslandNeurodyn 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