Today, the 24th of May, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is awarding the Prizes for Secondary School Research Work to projects carried out by students from secondary schools in the Community of Madrid in the 2022-23 academic year, through its Social Council.
The aim of these prizes is to recognise the research initiation effort of students enrolled in their second year of A Levels this current academic year, as well as the teaching staff from their schools who have led them. This research work enables students to build knowledge and become an active part of their own learning process.
The submitted work must pass an internal evaluation process at the school. Several aspects are assessed for these prizes: originality and innovation in the research objective, the approach and development of the work; methodological rigour, correctness in the approach and reaching of conclusions; and the explicit and reasoned mention of the Sustainable Development Goals to which the research project contributes.
At the prize-giving ceremony, which takes place today in the Auditorium of UC3M’s Madrid-Puerta de Toledo Campus, a total of six prizes will be awarded, two for each of the following categories: Arts and Humanities; Science, Health Sciences, Engineering and Architecture; and Social and Legal Sciences.
In addition to the corresponding diplomas, the prize-winners will receive non-cash benefits or economic endowment prizes (worth 550 euros for those in first place and 450 euros for those in second place in each of the three categories). In turn, they will be exempt from paying the first enrollment credits in the first year of any of the degrees or doubles degrees offered at UC3M for the 2023-2024 academic year. Meanwhile, the University’s Social Council will distribute up to 5,000 additional euros among the schools where the winning teams have studied their A Levels.
This year, 57 applications were submitted from a total of 14 schools. 80 percent were public schools (secondary schools (IES, in its Spanish acronym)) and the rest were subsidised and private schools from municipalities such as Alcorcón, Boadilla del Monte, Las Rozas, Leganés, Madrid, Majadahonda, Navalcarnero, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Valdemoro and Villanueva de la Cañada. 60 percent of the entries were submitted by women and five of the six awards were carried out by women. In addition, all of the winning entries only had female tutors.
This year’s winning entries went to students from the following secondary schools. In the area of Arts and Humanities, first place went to IES Profesor Ángel Ysern (Navalcarnero) and second place went to IES San Mateo (Madrid). In the area of Social and Legal Sciences, first place went to IES Profesor Ángel Ysern (Navalcarnero) and second place went to IES Margarita Salas (Majadahonda). In the area of Science, Health Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, first place went to IES Prado de Santo Domingo (Alcorcón) and second place went to IES Margarita Salas (Majadahonda).