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It's Competition Time!

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

And Your Prompt is...

"The benefits of biomedical progress are obvious, clear, and powerful. The hazards are much less well appreciated." - Leon Kass

What to Do

The competition is simple – create and submit a piece of work, inspired by the quote. Your entry can be in any format you like: an essay, a poem, a piece of art—anything at all that you can create to demonstrate what you understood from the quote.

What are the Prizes?

The overall winner will be given a free OUSBMS hoodie or sweatshirt (their choice) and be published on The Oxford Scientist.

Honourable mentions in each category may also be announced and have their work published (with permission) on our OUSBMS website and social media.

What are the Rules?

Entry is open to any undergraduate or postgraduate student at the University of Oxford – regardless of whether or not you take Biomedical Sciences!

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, 20th October 2020 at 11:59 pm. (This gives the committee time to look over all the entries and decide on the winning entry.)

If you are doing a written piece, there is no minimum word limit, but please stay under ~1750 words.

Please only submit one entry per person — please make sure it is entirely your own work!

How to Submit Your Entry

1) via Email

E-mail your entry to with

  • Your full name: Alex Smith

  • Your (upcoming) year of study: first year

  • The title of your piece: "hello"

And attach your file

  • Written entries should be submitted as a Word document (.docx or .doc). However, if you cannot submit your file as a Word document, you can instead submit as a .pdf.

  • Artwork must be submitted as a .pdf or .png

Simply follow the instructions and upload your file at

Good Luck!

PS: want to download the official competition rules PDF? Here it is!

OUSBMS Competition 2020
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