The UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

Submissions for the UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2021 are now closed

$500 UNSW Bookshop voucher first prize | Publication in Double Helix magazine, CareerswithSTEM.com and unsw.press | An invitation to the launch of The Best Australian Science Writing in Sydney | 2 x $250 UNSW Bookshop voucher runner up prizes | A one-year subscription to Australian Book Review for the winner and runners up

NewSouth Publishing, UNSW Science and Refraction Media are pleased to announce the winner and runners up for the 2021 UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing!

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The 2021 winners of the UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing were selected from a competitive field of entries from across Australia. Students in Years 7 to 10 were invited to write an 800-word essay on 'The STEM in Everyday Life’.

  • 2021
    • WINNER

      Emilia Danne, The Dark Side of Blue Light, St John Bosco College, NSW, Year 8

    • RUNNERS-UP

      Elora Guirguis, Ultrasound: Seeing with sound, Mater Dei Catholic College, NSW, Year 10 

      Stephanie Chew, How Does the Violin Saw Its Tooth?, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, NSW, Year 8

  • 2020
    • WINNER

      Elena Canty, Cultured Meat: The future of food?, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, VIC, Year 9

    • RUNNERS-UP

      Philippe Mouawad, Stem Cells: Little cells, big possibilities, Georges River Grammar School, NSW, Year 7 

      Jeremy Simonetto, iPS Cells – the stem of the future, St Patrick’s College, NSW, Year 8 

  • 2019
    • WINNER

      Arwyn Stone, Not-so-smart technology: The science (or lack thereof) behind period and fertility trackers, Abbotsleigh, NSW, Year 9

    • RUNNERS-UP

      William Flintoft, errare humanum est, School: Melbourne Grammar School, VIC, Year 10

      Phoebe Adam, Driverless Cars: Not So Smart Technology, Presbyterian Ladies College, NSW, Year 8

  • 2018
    • WINNER

      Preethika Mathan, I-Care, Santa Sabina College, NSW

    • RUNNERS-UP

      Coco Dwyer and Ruby Mumford, Technology is not only all around us, it’s inside us, Star of the Sea College, VIC

      Sienna Ters, Celebrating 40 years of MRI technology, and why we need it more than ever, Santa Sabina College, NSW

  • 2017
    • WINNER

      Sam Jones, It’s what’s on the inside that counts, Kedron State High School, QLD

    • RUNNERS-UP

      Carol Ge, The fate of the Great Barrier Reef, Radford College, ACT

      Ebony Wallin, The Very Hungry Caterpillars, Dalyellup College, WA

  • 2016
    • WINNER

      Chelsy Teng, An innovative instrument: the scanning helium microscope, James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW

    • RUNNERS-UP

      Gemma Macaulay-Black, Can you hear me?, Frensham, NSW

      Marissa Petrakis, From here to the stars: discovering the supernovae, Meriden School, NSW

  • 2015
    • WINNER

      Jessica Kitchen, A pendulum conundrum, Central Coast Grammar School, NSW

    • RUNNERS-UP

      Holly Reid, Lighting up the universe: what a flame test reveals, Canterbury Girls Secondary College, VIC

      Priya Soni, X-rays – superpowers brought to life, Central Coast Grammar School, NSW

Emilia Danne’s winning entry is published on our website, on the Refraction Media website and in Double Helix magazine.

Congratulations Emilia, Elora and Stephanie!



The UNSW Press 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 in their CV.

The UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing extends the successful UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing for adults. It offers English, Maths, Design, Social studies, IT and Science students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and interest in writing and experimentation.