About Macronix Science Awards

Objective
In order to cultivate technological talents, the Macronix Education Foundation is encouraging senior high school students and technological & vocational students who have an interest in sciences, includeing nature and applied sciences to explore the creative and inventive spirit of science.

Contest Subjects
Contestants choose from one of the following eight areas: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Machinery and Information Sciences.

Qualification
  • Participation is restricted to individual senior high and technological & vocational school students, and each student is allowed to submit one project only. Those with special circumstances need to apply with organizers at least two months before signing up.
  • Each participant can have only one advisor, who must be a teacher either at a senior high school or a technological & vocational school.

Assessment Criteria
Students who, on the basis of their senior high or technological & vocational school education, have completed projects that demonstrate their imagination and creativity will be awarded.

Contest Schedule
  • Registration: March 1 to May 31, 2019. Students need to turn in an explanation of their creativity before the registration deadline in order to be fully registered.
  • Finals notification: The list of finalists and outstanding pieces will be posted on the Foundation's website and the Science Awards' microsite in July 15, 2019.
  • Achievement report submission: Achievement reports, abstracts, PPT files for the Finals all need to be turned in before September 27, 2018.
  • Finals: To be held in October 12-13, 2019.
  • Award Ceremony: To be held in December 2019.

How to enter the contest and submit projects

  • Preliminary:
    1. Participants need to turn their explanation of creativity into a PDF file and upload it to the Macronix Science Awards' website. Log in to confirm the upload. (The explanation can be written in either Chinese or English. It should be within 20 pages of the A4 format. Any exceeding pages should be submitted as an appendix.)

    2. The explanation of creativity should include one's research topic, research motivation, research objective, research methods, and reference materials. Project titles should be written in a formal thesis style, relevant to content, and able to sufficiently express the theme of the work. Fancy expressions should be avoided. If necessary, the judges may revise the titles.

  • Finals
    Items that need to upload to the Macronix Science Awards' website for Finals by September 12, 2019.
    1. Please mail 15 unstapled copies of the achievement report either in English or Chinese (on A4 paper, double - sided printing, and within 30 pages; extra pages may be attached as an appendix section) to the organizer. The date on the postal chop will be taken as the date of application. And remember to upload a PDF version of the report to the Science Awards' website.
    2. The achievement report needs to contain research topic, motivation, objective, research process, conclusion, applications, and reference. Project names should be written in a formal thesis style, relevant to the content, and able to sufficiently express the theme of the work. Fancy expressions should be avoided. If necessary, the judges may revise the titles.
    3. Project abstracts should be in 800 words, to be included in the contest brochure. The entry number should be indicated in the abstract.
    4. PPT presentations are limited to 30 slides, and the file size should not exceed 5MB.

Rewards
  • Certificate of participation
    Participating students who turn in their explanation of creativity on time will be issued a certificate file.

  • Preliminaries
    There will be no more than 20 finalists and 80 Honorable Mention projects chosen.
    1. Research subsidy for finalist: Finalists and their advisors can each apply for a maximum NT$20,000 in research subsidy.
    2. Honorable Mention: Students who have outstanding projects along with their advisors can each receive a prize of NT$5,000 as well as     a certificate.

Explanation for finalists’ research subsidies: The research subsidies for the finalists are meant to facilitate further research work on their project ideas as indicated in their explanation of creativity, so that their eventual achievement reports may have more complete and improved content than that shown in the explanation of creativity. Finalists and their advisors can fill out the application form in the notice letter they receive regarding entrance into the Finals to apply for a maximum of NT$20,000 in research grants with the foundation.

  • Finals
The Macronix Award:
The winner will receive a trophy, a certificate, along with a yearly scholarship of NT$120,000 for four years at any university or technology institute.

The Gold Award:
The winner will receive a trophy, a certificate, along with a yearly scholarship of NT$100,000 for four years at university or technology institute.

The Silver Award:
The winner will receive a trophy, a certificate, along with a yearly scholarship of NT$50,000 for four years at university or technology institute.

The Distinguished Award:
The winner will receive a trophy, a certificate, along with a yearly scholarship of NT$25,000 for four years at university or technology institute.

Best School Award:
The three schools that accumulate the highest scores in the contest will receive prizes corresponding to the scores (12 points for the Macronix Award, 8 points for the Gold Award, 6 points for the Silver Award, 4 points for the Distinguished Award and 2 points for Honorable Mention projects. For every point there will be a cash prize of NT$1,000).

Principal Award:
The principals of the top-three schools will receive a trophy designed by artists.

Advisor Contribution Award:

Advisors who have a total amount of 24 points will be awarded a cash prize of NT$30,000 and a certificate. After cashing in on the points, the remaining points can be accumulated for future contests.

The organizer may choose not to declare a winner for The Macronix Award. The Macronix Award goes to a project that is much better than the Gold Medal recipient.
A student who has won the Macronix Science Awards several times during his or her senior high school years will only receive the highest one of the scholarships he or she has won.
Recommendation Letter: Students who are selected for the Finals and awarded will be issued a Recommendation Letter from the Macronix science committee assisting in entrance into an undergraduate program.
A participant's advisor will receive a certificate and trophy.
Participants who make it into the final round but fail to receive an award will be ranked as outstanding projects entitled to an award of NT$5,000 each along with a certificate. Their advisors will also receive a certificate.
The organizer may choose not to declare a winner for The Macronix Award. The Macronix Award goes to a project that is much better than the Gold Medal recipient.
Score method: 12 points for the Macronix Award, 8 points for the Gold Award, 6 points for the Silver Award, 4 points for the Distinguished Award and 2 points for Honorable Mention projects.

Selection Procedure
  • Preliminaries
    All submitted works will be reviewed by judge panel mainly on creativity to select the reviewing the finalists.
  • Finals
    1. The finalists will make a 15-minute presentation of their final results and a 15-minute oral Q&A. The ranking will be determined by the judges on a consensual basis.
    2. Items created from the projects must be presented to the judges at the critiquing session. If participants are unable to bring the created items to the critiquing session, they must keep all necessary records of their projects as the judges may conduct an evaluation at their labs.


Reminder:
 1. Those whose projects have been ranked within the top three at other national or international science competitions cannot re-submit the same pieces.
 2. If projects are plagiarized, have dishonest research results, infringe intellectual property rights, or violate any other rules, they will be disqualified from the competition and the participant will shoulder all legal responsibility.
 3. If living organism is involved in the experiment, all scientific students must be conducted to treat the living organism with ethics. Any hazardous substance is prohibited from contest must protect the health and safty of the public and environment.
 4. Projects who are supported by grants from elsewhere are not eligible for the contest. They must disclose the related information when submitting the application; otherwise, they could be disqualified from the competition.
 5. The principle of anonymity requires that all of the written materials (including the presentations files for the finals), photos, graphic files, and audio-visual clips submitted by the contestants shall not show their school’s logo or mention the names of their school and advisors.
 6. Those who do not attend Finals forfeit their rights for receiving awards.
 7. Competition ranking is based on the actual development. When circumstances arise, no winners will be declared.
 8. The intellectual property rights of the projects belong to the participants, but Macronix has preferential treatment for negotiating rights.
 9. Both the creativity explanation and achievement report will not be returned.
10. Students who are awarded scholarships will receive them after registration of each semester. The scholarship which is more than NT$20,000 (inclusive), a 10% tax will be withheld according to the regulations of the National Taxation Bureau, Ministry of Finance. Scholarships are limited to be completed within two years after graduation.
11. The Foundation possesses the publishing rights.