The Great ACUR Undergraduate Research Writing Project

A thought-experiment for undergraduate researchers to write about during the time of Covid-19.

The Project

From April to September 2020, undergraduates were asked to submit A 500-word piece, or an A3 poster, on the impacts of Covid-19 on, or in, a field of their interest. The competition was open to all undergraduate student researchers, in any field and any country.
Fifty-seven entries were received. Contestants included students at 18 Australian universities. Three submissions were from South America, two were from Asia and one was from Europe. All submissions were double-blind reviewed.

Prize winners

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The First Prize of $500 for the overall best entry was awarded to Princess Amara de Leon, Macquarie University, for the paper: “The Effects of Narcissism During a Global Pandemic.” The prize was donated.

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The Second Prize of $300 was awarded to Foti Paradisis, The University of Queensland, for the paper: “The Impacts of COVID-19 on Telehealth for Mental Health Treatment.”  This prize was donated by the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows.

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The Third Prize of $200 was awarded to Inoue Van Den Burg, Leiden University, The Netherlands, for the paper: “COVID-19 Impact on the Organ Transplantation Sector.” This prize was donated by the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows.

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The Macquarie University Psychology Prize – Open was awarded to Amy Cramb, The University of Queensland, for the paper: “Psychological impacts of COVID-19.” This prize of $250 was donated by the Macquarie University Psychology Department.

 

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The Macquarie University Psychology Prize – Indigenous, was awarded to Brooke Ottley, University of Technology Sydney, for the paper: “COVID-19 was the motivation Australian service providers needed.” This prize of $250 was donated by the Macquarie University Psychology Department.

 

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Prizewinning entries were published in Undergraduate Research News Australasia (URNA), Issue 18- November 2020.
Every Contestant received a Certificate and a year’s ACUR student membership.