49. High School Students Research Projects Final Competition Begins

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High School Students Research Projects Competition organized by TÜBİTAK Directorate of Science Fellowships and Grant Programmes which aims to encourage students to continue their studies in primary, social and applied sciences, to direct their work and to contribute to their scientific development has reached the final.

The projects determined as finalists in the 49th High School Student Research Projects Competition organized this year will be exhibited in the Final Competition to be held at Antalya-Kepez Mimar Sinan Congress and Exhibition Center between 16-18 April 2018. The projects will be bestowed with first, second, third and incentive prizes according to the respective jury evaluations. Prize-winning students will receive monetary award and certificate of achievement while their teachers will receive monetary award and certificate of participation.

Projects expected to represent our country in the international arena will be selected in the Final Competition as well

Special awards will be given in the subject of "Young Researcher of the Year Award" and "Environmental Consciousness" which is determined as the thematic area for this year to the projects that are placed in the Final Competition. In addition, projects that will participate in the International Project Competitions (Intel-ISEF and European Union Young Scientists) on behalf of our country will be selected by the respective jury among the projects placed in the highest ranking.

The event will end with an awards ceremony that will be held in the same address on April 20, 2018 at 10.00 a.m.

The Number of Applications to the Competition Surpassed The Previous Year By About 16 Percent

Between 18 December 2017 and 17 January 2018, a total of 16.181 projects applied to the competitions organized in the fields of Biology, Geography, Values Education, Physics, Chemistry, Coding, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Turkish Language and Literature, History and Technological Design. It was observed that the number of applications surpassed the previous year by about 16 percent. This year, 13.303 of 24.320 applicants were female students while 11.017 were male students.

Preliminary evaluations of the projects in the competition were made by 658 academicians working as lecturers in various universities. Each project was evaluated by three academicians in relevant areas and the projects invited to regional exhibitions were determined.

Between 12-15 March 2018, 1.200 projects were exhibited simultaneously in 12 regional centers, including Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Erzurum, İstanbul-Asian side, İstanbul-European side, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya, Malatya, Samsun and Van. In these exhibitions, each project was evaluated by three academicians and 219 projects were determined as finalists.