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Student Competition to Win a Trip to a NZ Astronomy Conference

Student competitions and scholarships North Island

Posted: 15 February 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hPT

The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) is promoting astronomy for NZ high school students who have an interest in and passion for this science. In 2018 the Society is holding its annual conference in Christchurch from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May. The normal conference registration is around $200, however the Society is waiving this cost for up to 10 students who are keen to attend and find out more about astronomy. In addition, the cost of the Saturday night banquet, travel costs to/from the conference and accommodation (usually backpacker) for the Friday and Saturday nights are paid for by a generous benefactor. Astronomers from throughout New Zealand and some from overseas will participate in this year’s conference. To find out more about the RASNZ conference and SWAPA competition go to 

To be considered, students should email a short statement of no more than 300 words explaining why they would like to attend the conference and why they are interested in astronomy.

This statement should be sent to RASNZ President, John Drummond (email – that is john underscore drummond @ ) by Thursday 15 March, 5pm. Please include your name, school, age, year of study at school in 2018, email address, telephone contact and science teacher’s name.

The winners of the competition will be selected for a clear enthusiasm for astronomy, their seniority, and good English in their submitted statement. Alternatively, a printed version can be posted to John Drummond, Box 113, Patutahi 4045.

The RASNZ Students with a Passion for Astronomy competition is most applicable to students in Y11–13, however excellent students in Y10 or below should not be deterred from applying. Those who win the free registration/travel/accommodation will be notified around early April.

Events summary

North Island

04 May 2018 – 06 May 2018