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UNSW Bragg Student Prize

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is a competition for Year 7-10 students in Australia. 

Bragg Prize

Biodiversity and community

Working together to protect the environment

In 800 words, describe some great community interaction with conservation and biodiversity. Your essay could cover:

  • What is the best citizen science project – how does it work and how is it used? Examples include Frog ID, Birdwatch
  • How is your school or local community involved in conservation?
  • How are Indigenous values inherent in conservation practices?
  • How do scientists work with communities in conservation research?

References do not count towards the word count.


The competition opens 29 April, 2024.

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Win a fantastic set of prizes!

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher. Two runners up with receive $250 book vouchers.

The winning essay will be included in the 2025 edition of NewSouth Publishing’s highly acclaimed anthology The Best Australian Science Writing, where it will appear alongside essays by some of the country’s leading science writers. It will also appear in an issue of CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on and on

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The regional and city school with the most entries will win this awesome book pack from NewSouth Publishing. Simply enter as many students from your school as you can for the chance to win these books:

Read the winners of the 2023 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing:

Winner: Two Paths to AI: The Choice of Humanity

Elsie Paton (Kambala School, Rose Bay, NSW) explores ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence. Read her essay in full here.

Runner-up: The Science of AI

Daniel Kim (The Scots College, Bellevue Hill, NSW), explores the past, present and future potential of AI. Read his essay in full here.

Runner-up: AI in Sports Science

Zavier Argent (Leeming Senior High School, Leeming, WA) explores the application of AI in the field of sports science. Read his essay in full here.

About the UNSW Bragg Student Science Prize 

The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience. An initiative of UNSW PressUNSW Science and Refraction Media, the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry on their CV.

The Bragg Prizes are named for Australia’s very first Nobel Laureates, the father-and-son team of William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg. 2015 marked the centenary of their Nobel Prize win in Physics for their work on the X-ray analysis of crystal structures. William Henry Bragg was a firm believer in making science popular among young people. His lectures for students were described as models of clarity and intellectual excitement. More information about the Bragg prizes can be found here.

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UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing archives

Bragg Prize Judges 2024
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Meet the judges: Bragg Prize 2024

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Congratulations to the 2023 Bragg Prize winners

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Bragg Prize runner-up: AI in Sports Science

In his response to this year’s theme, how we use and benefit from AI (with a particular focus on science), Leeming Senior High School student Zavier Argent explores the application of AI in the field of sports science.

UNSW Bragg Student Prize tips for teachers
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UNSW Bragg Student Prize: 5 tips for teachers

This year’s topic, AI in science, is definitely a hot one. But how do you integrate it into your classroom? We asked two of this year’s judges (who just so happen to be teachers) for fresh ideas!