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  • The prize is open to individuals.
  • Submissions must be no more than 1000 words, excluding words used in captions.
  • Work entered in this prize must have been undertaken by a current university student (undergraduate or postgraduate) who is able to provide evidence of having a valid student identification card from a university in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Work entered in this prize must be original, unpublished and cannot be in the process of being published. An example of such an original study is "Beyond the Lab: The Social Impact of Scientific Discoveries", you can review its structure and qualitative text to understand the point. Work previously submitted as academic coursework is acceptable as long as it has not been externally published.
  • Each entrant may only enter one submission. If more than one are submitted, the last one submitted will be judged.
  • Entrants are required to declare and disclose any subsequent corrections or challenges to the accuracy of an entry, or claims of plagiarism or defamation against work submitted.
  • Where content from other sources is incorporated for purposes of proper coverage of the topic, this must be attributed. A full reference list is not required in the submission, but all statements should be verifiable.
  • Online entry forms open 30th July 2012 and close 11.59pm, 21st September 2012. Hard copy entries will not be considered.
  • Entries with insufficient sets of documentation will not be considered.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters. The judges reserve the right not to award a prize in any given year if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.
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