Royal College of Science Union
Science Challenge 2017

Previous Winners

Do you need some inspiration? We have uploaded all of the winning essays from the previous three Science Challenge competitions to give you a little head start on your entry. We change the questions each year so don't go looking here for quotes, but you are more than welcome to take some ideas on how to structure your essay.

SciChal 2015

Science Challenge 2015

Mun Keat Looi's Question

Tell me a story of (about or from) science. Who are the characters? What is its beginning, middle - and how does it "end"?

Winners

Imperial

Dimitrios Karponis Overall winner

Schools

Joel Holmes Overall winner

Schools runners-up

Alexandra Constantinou

Qingwei Zhang

Imperial runners-up

Catherine Saunders

Harald Grantham-Hill

Prof. Sue Gibson's Question

What would you like to discover and why?

First Place

Imperial

Daniel O'Reilly

Schools

Peter Gobbett

Schools runners-up

Chian Ying Xuan

Tahirah Uddin

Imperial runners-up

Daniel Marx

Stefan Grossfurthner

Ruth Whincup's Question

How do we get the next generation interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)?

First Place

Imperial

Joon Faii Ong

Schools

Kathryn Jaitly

Schools runners-up

Abbie Currington

Akhil Sonthi

Imperial runners-up

Ray Otsuki

Mayurdhvajsinh Gohil

Prof. Philip Moriarty's Task

Why should I believe a scientist? (Video challenge)

Overall Winner

Lawrence Berry Westminster School



Science Challenge 2014

Prof. Fay Dowker's question

What does science tell us about the nature of time?

Winners

Imperial

Paul Boes

Schools

Ella Creamer

Schools runners-up

Hannah Coop

Abbie Currington

Imperial runners-up

Lucy Binfield

Sarah Byrne

Pallab Ghosh's question

Write a letter to my five year old daughter, Charlotte, about how one or more areas of science, technology, engineering or medicine that fascinate you will have developed by the time she is at University and which subject you would encourage her to study and why?

First Place

Imperial

Emma Wills Overall winner

Schools

Rebecca Daramola Overall winner

Schools runners-up

Jesse Cheung

Assankhan Amirov

Imperial runners-up

Anne-Hermine Allain

Vanessa Place

Jon Kudlick's question

How should we decide which species to prioritise for conservation?

First Place

Imperial

Timothy Thomas

Schools

Chung Yee Chan

Schools runners-up

Arthur Li

Matthias Butler

Imperial runners-up

Batool Raza

Nicole Levikov

Dr Jad Marrouche's question

Explain a scientific concept of your choice in a 3-minute video.

Overall Winner

Matthew I Murchie Imperial College

Runners Up

Imperial

Bernadeta Dadonaite

Schools

Dania Badran


Science Challenge 2013

Sir Roy Anderson's question

What are the scientific challenges facing the development of pathogens against vaccines with hyper-variable genome sequences?

First Place

Imperial

Ben Bleasdale

Schools

Elena Rastorgueva

Second Place

Schools

Abbie Currington

Third Place

Imperial

Shing-him Cho

Schools

Devang Metha

Sir Brian Hoskin's question

Is public debate a good forum for discussing science issues such as climate change?

First Place

Imperial

Nicholas Thapen

Schools

Matthew Willis

Second Place

Imperial

Daniel Marx

Schools

Jennifer Thorpe

Third Place

Imperial

James Bezer

Schools

Elizabeth Bowes

Lord Robert Winston's question

Why are so many students being put off studying science at school?

First Place

Imperial

Amanda Diez

Schools

Theresita Joseph

Second Place

Imperial

Amelia Chong

Schools

Cavin Corriette

Third Place

Imperial

Sebastien Wood

Schools

Alice Pritchard

Dr Jad Marrouche's question

Explain a scientific concept of your choice in a 3-minute video.

Overall Winners

Sang Eun Lee

Mei Ran Abellona U

Bernadeta Dadonaite

Runners Up

Imperial

Richard Flint

Schools

Joshua Banner