April 25, 2019

University Cancer Case Competition

Introduction

The University Cancer Case Competition (UCCC) is an interdisciplinary case competition for university students with an exclusive focus on cancer. Each year, the UCCC presents a real-world problem in the cancer space. University students are asked to form teams to propose a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely solution to the problem, and submit their solution in the form of a preliminary deliverable. The deliverables are subjected to a round of screening, and the 5 top-ranked teams will be given an opportunity to present their solution to a panel of judges, consisting of a public health physician, a researcher, a clinician, and a patient. The top 3 teams, as selected by the judges, will be given a monetary prize, and the first place winners given an exclusive research internship at a relevant institution.

As an organisation founded by university students, we at ACHSC understand that university students often have remarkably innovative ideas on how they can change the world for the better, but lack the resources to be able to put these ideas into practice. We at ACHSC place high value on the thought leadership of students, and seek through UCCC to create a platform for students to convert thought to action, and empower them to effect real and meaningful change outside of the lecture theatre.

The theme for 2019 is bowel cancer screening.

Program

In 2019, UCCC will be run in collaboration with the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. The case competition will be open to all students studying in any course at any Australian university. At ACHSC, we believe that the solution to the problem of cancer requires input not only from doctors and scientists, but also professionals from every discipline, including politicians, economists, and engineers, and strongly encourage students from other faculties to join the discussion and become part of the solution. The timeline for 2019 is as follows:

Mon 1 July 2019 (9:00am): Registrations open. Early bird registrations open until Friday 19 July 2019 (9:00am).

Mon 5 August 2019 (9:00am): UCCC case file and guideline documents released. UCCC submissions open.

Wed 7 August 2019 (5:30pm-7:30pm): UCCC Information Night.

Fri 9 August 2019 (11:59pm): Registrations close.

Wed 21 August 2019 (11:59pm): Submissions close.

Sat 24 August 2019 (12:00pm): Finalists announced.

Wed 28 August 2019 (5:30pm-8:00pm): UCCC Finalist Night.

*Please note all times are in AEST.

Who can apply?

All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate university course are eligible to apply. Students must form teams of 2-4 members. Individual students may still apply and be randomly allocated into a team by the UCCC staff.

Please note that even though UCCC is a cancer-focused case competition, we highly encourage students to form interdisciplinary teams so as to present a most well-rounded and holistic solution to the issue.

Students from interstate and overseas are most welcome to apply, but please note that UCCC will not be responsible for covering any associated travel or accommodation expenses.

How to apply?

If you already have formed a team: Great! Book your tickets now! Please note that we will only accept one booking per team, thus please assign one team member to register the whole team.

(For example, if you are in a team of 3, please assign 1 team member to purchase 3 tickets by typing ‘3’ under ‘Quantity’)

If you are individual looking for a team: Don’t worry! Book your ticket now and we will randomly allocate you into a team as soon as possible.

Tickets are $5.00pp. However, early bird tickets will be available at $3.00pp for a limited time only!

UCCC Information Night

Date: Wednesday 7th of August 2019 | 5:30-7:30PM AEST

Address: Theatre 2 (B120), 207-221 Bouverie Street, Carlton VIC 3053 (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health)

Tickets: FREE event. Book your ticket now and be automatically entered into a raffle for a gift voucher! Winners to be announced at the end of Information Night.

Who can come?

This event is open to anyone in the general public interested in bowel cancer, but will be especially beneficial and advantageous for all UCCC registrants and those considering registration to attend.

Why should I come?

  • Gain knowledge and deepen your understanding of bowel cancer from the perspectives of an esteemed guest speaker panel, including a patient, physician, researcher and clinician.
  • Receive valuable tips and learn the keys to success from an esteemed past case competition winner.
  • Receive the opportunity to ask the guest speaker panel and the UCCC team any questions you may have regarding bowel cancer, the case file and UCCC.
  • Book tickets to be automatically be entered in a raffle for a gift voucher, with winners to be announced at the end of the night.
  • Free food and drinks provided.

UCCC Finalist Night

Date: Wednesday 28th of August 2019 | 5:30-8:00PM AEST

Address: Theatre 2 (B120), 207-221 Bouverie Street, Carlton VIC 3053 (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health)

Tickets: FREE event. Watch this space for free ticket sales!

Who can come?

This event is open to the general public. Friends and families of the finalists are most welcome to attend, and it is highly recommended that all UCCC non-finalist registrants attend too.

Why should I come?

  • Support the top 5 finalist teams, who will present their proposal to an esteemed panel of judges on the night.
  • Personally observe and experience a cancer case competition, the first of its kind in Australia!
  • Learn from your peers and gain knowledge on what makes a successful case competition proposal. This will be highly beneficial in preparing for subsequent UCCC cases.
  • Free food and drinks provided.

Prizes:

  • 1st prize: $1000 and a summer research internship at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, led by Professor Mark Jenkins.
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $100

FAQ

I am not studying a science (or related) course and have no science background. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, of course! UCCC does not assume any advanced science background of its registrants. While a science background is certainly relevant, we encourage students to form interdisciplinary teams in order to present the most well-rounded and holistic solution possible. We also highly recommend attendance to our UCCC Information Night to obtain a better understanding of bowel cancer screening.

I am not studying at a Victorian university. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, of course! Students from interstate and overseas are most welcome to apply, but please note that UCCC will not be responsible for covering any associated travel or accommodation expenses.

Help! I don’t have a team but I’m keen to participate!

Don’t worry! Book a ticket for yourself now and the UCCC team will randomly allocate you into a team as soon as possible.

Help! We’ve already registered but have a friend who wants to join our group/ I want to join my friends group!

Awesome – the more the merrier! Please do the following:
a. already registered group: email us at uccc@achsc.org.au with your friend’s full name to confirm the addition of a team member, and ask your friend to register
b. wanting to register: register as an individual and send us an email confirming you want to be placed in your friend’s group. Please provide all the team member’s names.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at uccc@achsc.org.au.