How to apply

If you're interested in applying for the Science Scholars programme, you'll find all the information you need below.

How to apply – school leavers

What are the entry requirements?

The Science Scholars programme is aimed at students exhibiting intellectual curiosity and a passion for science in a broad context. We are particularly interested in students who excel beyond formal tests and assignments. As part of the application process you will be asked for a referee report from a science teacher and to write an essay. These items, along with your grades, will form the basis for our decision on who to admit.

You must apply for admission to a BSc or BAdvSci(Hons) before applying for the Science Scholars programme.

Applications are considered against four selection criteria. While academic achievement is important we are equally interested in your personal statement and the content, depth and originality of your essay.

Essay

Write a 800-1000 word essay based on the following prompt:

Scientific explorations, big and small, can provoke strong emotional responses: describe a scientific hypothesis, study, or result that has really excited – or unsettled – you.

Although this is a personal response essay, referencing is expected where appropriate. You may like to comment both on the science and your response to the science.

Please ensure your full name and your University of Auckland ID number is on the essay. You should combine this into one file together with your personal statement (please see below) and submit this file to Turnitin

For assistance on using Turnitin, including creating an account, please see the Turnitin help guides.

The course ID you need to enrol in is 24945797 and the enrolment key is SCISCHOL21SL.

Why is this programme for you?

A 300-character (including spaces) statement that concisely addresses why you are interested in the Science Scholars programme is required. This should also be submitted through Turnitin, together with your essay. Please see the details above. Please don't forget to include your full name and University of Auckland ID number.

Reference

A character reference is required. Please download the form below. This should be submitted to us directly by your nominated referee. They can either post to the address on the form, or scan and email it to scischol@auckland.ac.nz.

Academic achievement

Successful applicants will be asked to provide their rank scores for NCEA, CIE or IB.

In exceptional circumstances other candidates may be considered.

We will be able to access your grades at the end of the year, provided you have submitted your BSc or BAdvSci(Hons) application.

Closing dates

The closing date for entry into the 2021 intake for the Science Scholars programme is Tuesday 8 December 2020.

If you wish to secure guaranteed accommodation in O'Rorke Hall, we must receive your application by Wednesday 30 September 2020. You must make sure you apply for accommodation in O'Rorke Hall directly with the Accommodation Office as well.

Your application is not complete until we receive your statement, essay and a reference.

If you missed out on the original December deadline you are still able to apply to the Science Scholars Programme, provided you are undertaking your first year of university study in 2021. Note spaces are limited and dependent on availability, and these late applications close Sunday 31 January 2021.

How to apply – current undergraduates

In 2021 we will be looking at taking a small number of students into the second year of the Science Scholars Programme. You should be currently enrolled in a BSc (this can be part of a conjoint) or the BAdvSci (Hons). You must have at least two years of your degree remaining at the beginning of 2021. You have the option of joining our first
year cohort if you have three years left in your degree.

Applications are considered against three selection criteria. While academic achievement is important we are equally interested in your personal statement and the content, depth and originality of your essay.

Essay

Write an 800-1000 word essay based on the following prompt:

Scientific explorations, big and small, can provoke strong emotional responses: describe a scientific hypothesis, study, or result that has really excited – or unsettled – you.

Although this is a personal response essay, referencing is expected where appropriate. You may like to comment both on the science and your response to the science.

Please ensure your full name and your University of Auckland ID number is on the essay. You should combine this into one file together with your personal statement (please see below) and submit this file to Turnitin.

For assistance on using Turnitin, including creating an account, please see the Turnitin help guides

The course ID you need to enrol in is 24945819 and the Enrolment key is SCISCHOL21UG.

Why is this programme for you?

A 300-character (including spaces) statement that concisely addresses why you are interested in the Science Scholars programme is required.

This should also be submitted through Turnitin, together with the essay. Please see the details above. Please don't forget to include your full name and University of Auckland ID number.

Academic achievement

As a guideline, successful applicants are likely to achieve a GPA of 7 (A- average) in their first year. It should be noted that this is indicative and will form only one part of the overall assessment of an application. In exceptional circumstances other candidates may be considered.

Closing date

The closing date for entry into the 2021 intake for the Science Scholars programme is Tuesday 8 December 2020.

Your application is not complete until we receive both your statement and an essay.

Strive Towards Science Award

If you're applying to the Science Scholar Programme as a school leaver and are then accepted, your essay will be automatically entered into our Strive Towards Science Award. Your acceptance into the programme will not depend on this, and if you'd prefer not to be considered for the award, let us know by ticking the box in your application.

Frequently asked questions

Can I be a Science Scholar if I am studying Biomedical Science?

Yes. You can do Science Scholars as an additional (ninth) course on top of the seven prescribed Biomedical Science courses and the General Education course.

However, if you intend to apply for entry to a competitive programme like Medicine, please note that this course will not count towards the selection criteria. The additional workload of doing an extra course on top of the prescribed first-year courses is very challenging so if you are thinking of applying for the Science Scholars programme we recommend you make an appointment to speak with one of our advisers about how to best manage the demands of this programme.