The competition involves students building their own unique molecular model of the organic compound ethyl butanoate (a naturally occurring ester, which has a pineapple-like aroma). To build their model, students should use readily available materials that could be found around the house or which could be easily bought at the supermarket. We are looking for creativity, but we would want the model to be a true representation – for example, for it to have the correct 3D shape with bond angles that look accurate.
Students could make their model at their science club, during a class or at home, although we need a ‘lead’ teacher to administer the applications (see below).
We are looking for the most original, striking, imaginative and scientifically accurate model. The competition will be judged by our Admissions Tutor and a panel of undergraduate chemists at York, with the prizes as follows:
For the student: A bespoke trophy (made by our glassblower Abby) and a molecular model set (of value around £100)
For the school/college: A bespoke trophy (made by our glassblower Abby) and three teacher demonstration molecular model kits (of total value around £240)
The student winner, together with the lead teacher, will be invited to the Department of Chemistry (we will cover travel costs up to £250), where they will have a tour of our teaching and research facilities, and chat to members of staff (including a free lunch). If possible, we envisage that the winning entry will be prominently displayed within the Department of Chemistry.
For the student: A molecular model set (of value around £75)
For the school/college: Two teacher demonstration molecular model kits (around £80 each)
For the student: A molecular model set (of value around £25)
For the school/college: One teacher demonstration molecular model kits (around £80)
Students can submit their entry (one per student) by completing a short application form (below) and sending this through their lead teacher to our chemistry undergraduate admissions office.
As part of the application, the student is required to submit up to three photos of their model. We also encourage applicants to post their photos on social media (e.g. via their school Twitter/Instagram account), and we will post all of the entries on social media (e.g. using Padlet).
When uploading images please use the hashtag #chemcomp2019
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday 10 May 2019
We currently have grants available, so we welcome applications. Please contact Katrina Sayer, firstname.lastname@example.org, noting the name of the lead teacher and the contact details of the school/college.
The deadline for applying for a grant is: 5pm on Friday 1 March 2019
Download an application form