Projection Point is an Irish company providing risk analysis, consulting and behavioural testing. As part of its website, Projection Point maintains a blog on observations about risk intelligence and comments on risk stupidity.
Our Outreach Programme holds an annual essay competition, the winner of which will walk away with €200 and have their essay published on our blog.
For the 2011 Essay Competition, we invite secondary school students, undergraduate and postgraduate university students to submit essays on the topic of risk. The exact topic of choice is up to the author, but the final essay should fit in nicely within the area of risk intelligence and behavioural science.
So what are we looking for? Dylan’s C4ISR article acts as a good example.
- All essays must be original; no previously published material will be accepted.
- Each participant can submit a maximum of two essays.
- Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all quoted material (including statistics) is correct, relevant, and accurate. The judges will verify your citations and in case of purposely misleading or erroneous facts and citations, might disqualify the essay.
- Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
Every participant must provide the following personal details*:
- Name and Surname, Valid Postal Address, and Email Address.
- Entries should be no shorter than 1000 words. However, we would like to emphasize that quality is more important than quantity.
- You may include images in your essay
- Although not mandatory, we suggest all entries Harvard System of Referencing
- Your essay should include the following:
- An introduction, which introduces the topic and contains an explanation of your position.
- A body, which contains the main content of your essay.
- A conclusion, which summarizes the subject, research, and analysis presented in the essay and sets forth your conclusions.Your essay should also include notes and/or a bibliography except when using ‘APA style’.
- Should take up at least two and a half A4 pages.
- Are well-written.
- Demonstrate that you have researched/investigated the topic.
- Are submitted in plain text, HTML, PDF or MS-Word format.
- Stay focused on the topic.
- Use quotations and references.
- Spelling and grammatical errors.
- Approaching the topic so that it can only be understood by someone who is already an expert in the field.
- Omit references to backup statements.
- Submit essays that overlap heavily with articles previously published on Projection Point.
First Prize: The winning entry will receive a cheque of €200.
Second Prize: Contestant will receive a cheque of €75.
Third Prize: Contestant will receive a cheque of €50.
Fourth – Tenth: Contestant will receive three vouchers for the Projection Point Expert RQ Test.
A selection of the top ten essays will be published on our blog (blog.projectionpoint.com).
Winning highschool / secondary school students writing on behalf of their school make their academic institution’s library eligible for a free copy of “Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty“.
Every submission will be read by at least three reviewers and judged against six equally weighted criteria: Thematic focus, Skill in argumentation, Clarity of ideas, Originality, Precision and Style in writing, and Grace of expression.
For each criterion there is an associated scale from 0 to 10. Each essay’s review score will be calculated as follows: the average of the six equally weighted criteria for each reviewer is calculated. Thereafter the average of the reviewers score will be calculated. In addition to the score, each reviewer will add a final comment for the author. The highest scoring essays will win.
Winners will be announced before or on January 31st 2011.
Submission Deadline: December 20th 2011.
Submission Details: Entries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or be posted to:
Projection Point Ltd
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City Gate, Mahon,
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* Winners may choose to have their essay published anonymously