Undergrad and secondary school students have ten days to submit their entries for the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards.
Scholarships worth up to $5000 are available in 12 categories for students who deliver a presentation which meets the criteria specified by the sponsoring organisation. Students do not need to qualify for the National Finals to receive a scholarship but will participate in the National Finals Symposium and all associated events. Scholarships are to be used to further studies at a tertiary institution.
The 12 best presentations at the geographic region competitions and virtual region competition (an on-line region specifically for students who live too far from a regional competition to easily participate) will be selected to participate in the National Finals on 6th of September.
All finalists receive at least a Merit Award certificate plus $1,500.
The two best secondary school presentations and the two best undergraduate will each receive a Highly Commended Certificate plus a total of $5,000.
The student who delivers the best presentation overall (i.e the best of the four Highly Commended) will receive the Premier Award Trophy and a total of $10,000.
Even more than the cash, the rewards of entering and succeeding are: the relationships with other contestants and sponsors; participation in the Alumni Group; exposure to new ideas from the Alumni Forum and the value participation adds to a student's CV.
For those students whose participation is complete at the regional level the opportunity exists to have personal effort and academic achievement recognised through NCEA Achievement Standards.