UC Science Summer Camp

The UC Science Summer Camp is a 5-day event for Year-12 students interested in studying science at university.

In 2020, the camp will run from 12-16 December. Students will stay in university accommodation on the University of Canterbury's Ilam campus. They will attend lectures, work in the labs, experience field work, meet with staff and current students, and find out about the amazing research happening at UC.

Each year, there are 60 places available, and students can apply from anywhere in New Zealand.

Camp details

Date: 12-16 December 2020

Location: University of Canterbury Ilam Campus (Christchurch).

Eligibility: Open to New Zealand Year 12 students, going into Year 13 in 2021.

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: Māori, Pasifika and Fee Support Scholarships available.

Application dates: Applications open 8 July and close 4 September

Why UC Science Summer Camp?

UC Science Summer 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. 

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.

Read our full wrap of the 2019 Camp.

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 experiencing the new and vibrant Christchurch CBD, movie night– and time to hang out with like minded students and get a feel for the campus.

Programme 2020

Day one: UC campus. Students arrive at UC, tour the campus, facilities and Ernest Rutherford building. Students meet their RAs and their home group of 10 students they will work with during the week.  Meet current researchers and set to work on your own project for the week!

Day two: Field trip. Learn about plant diversity, 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. Use UC’s solar scopes and MARS - 3D medical imaging scanner. After dinner tour the city centre and Rollickin Gelato.

Day four: UC campus. Delve into the world of psychology. Investigate photosynthesis using encapsulated algae. Continue on that project!

Day five: UC campus. Meet some of our graduates.  Find out about course planning and study choices and hear from some of our students and recent graduates. Farewells and airport drop offs.

Note: Programme is subject to change


Scholarship opportunities

UC has a set number of Māori, Pasifika Scholarships and fee support 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/


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

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