UC Science Summer Camp

Experience the exciting world of science at UC and find out what university life is really like.

UC Science Summer Camp is a week-long event for Year 11 students interested in studying science at university. The camp will run from 2 to 7 December 2018 and be based in Christchurch at UC’s Ilam campus. Students will stay on campus in university accommodation.

During the week they’ll attend lectures, work in the labs, visit one of UC’s many field stations, meet with staff and current students, and find out about the amazing research happening at UC.

There are 60 places available, and students can apply from anywhere in New Zealand.

Camp details

Date: Sunday 2 December to Friday 7 December 2018.

Location: University of Canterbury Ilam Campus (Christchurch) and Cass Field Station.

Eligibility: Open to New Zealand Year 11 students, going into Year 12 in 2019.

Accommodation: Rochester and Rutherford Hall of Residence.

Cost: $575 – includes accommodation, food and travel during the week. Excludes travel to and from the camp.

Scholarships: Five Diversity Scholarships available.

Application dates: Applications open 2 July and close 14 September. Successful applicants notified 1 October.

Why UC Summer Science Camp?

UC Summer Science Camp is about helping students make the best decisions for their future. The transition from school to university can be hard – there are so many options to choose from and decisions to be made, often with very little to go on. 

That’s why we started this camp. We want to give students a real taste of university life and let them experience first-hand what studying science at UC is like – so they can make informed decisions for their future.

What’s on offer

During their visit, students will be completely immersed in UC life. They’ll get to experience the full scope of science on offer at UC – from lectures and lab work to field trips and the latest technologies. Of course, university life is not all about study. There will also be social activities – including a movie night, Laser Strike, social football, games and pizza evening – and time to hang out and get a feel for the campus.

Programme

Day one: UC campus. Students arrive at UC, tour the campus, facilities and Ernest Rutherford building. Attend workshops on Antarctic studies, waterways and environmental science, and psychology.

Day two: Field trip to Cass Field Centre. Learn about plant diversity, microbial sampling and ecological monitoring. Use drones, GPS and UAVs and do mapping and GIS.

Day three: UC campus. Workshops on renewable energy and storage, medical and health sciences, and nanotechnology and new materials. All workshops include research presentations and lab work/exercises. Visit and use UC’s solar scopes and MARS - 3D medical imaging scanner. After dinner presentation by Canterbury Astronomical Society.

Day four: UC campus. Use geospatial software to analyse the survey data acquired at Cass Field Centre. Lab session and talk on conservation genomics, microbial samples and ecological monitoring.

Day five: UC campus. Interactive presentations on psychology. Presentation topics are on designer drugs and effects on psychological function, and the psychological impacts of machines on humans.

Farewells and departure.

Note: Programme is subject to change

Scholarship opportunities

UC has five Diversity Scholarships available for people from under-represented communities (including, but not limited to minority ethnic groups, lower socio-economic status and special needs) to attend the UC Summer Science Camp.

Research shows that social diversity generates better outcomes*. When people of diverse backgrounds come together to solve problems, they bring different perspectives and generate new and better ideas.

At UC we believe that diverse communities lead to superior, sustainable futures. That’s why we are working to create supportive and welcoming communities across science. By providing free or low-cost access to events we are committed to making sure our future includes a well-trained, diverse science workforce.

*Source: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/diversity-inclusiveness/

Contact

For more information, please email outreach@canterbury.ac.nz.

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