Selection Criteria

For students

We will be selecting three high school students attending high schools in Greater Manchester. The selection criteria are:

  • You must be currently attending a high school in Greater Manchester
  • You must be a UK citizen or permanent resident
  • As of July 2019 you must be just about to start your final year of high school (i.e. your final year will be the 2019/2020 academic year)
  • You must be studying at least one science (physics, chemistry, biology) and/or mathematics in your A-levels
  • You must be predicted to achieve at least an A in your science and/or mathematics classes

We are looking for students who love science and who are keen to try new things and push themselves!

For teachers

We will be selecting a high school science and/or mathematics teacher currently employed at a Greater Manchester high school to attend ISS2019 and accompany/supervise the students attending from the UK.

The selection criteria are:

  • You must be currently employed as a science and/or mathematics teacher at one of the high schools in Greater Manchester listed here
  • You must be a UK citizen or permanent resident

We are looking for a teacher who will support the UK students attending ISS2019 and who is keen to learn from the experience of attending ISS2019 and is interested in sharing what they learn with their peers upon their return to the UK.


Requirements

For students

An important part of science is sharing your experience with others. If you are selected to attend ISS2019 it is a requirement that you share your experience with your peers as widely as possible. This means giving a talk at your school upon your return, as well as other methods of sharing your experience that are up to you! This might be a blog, a vlog, sharing your experiences on Twitter, an interview on the Jodcast (www.jodcast.net), posting your experience on the JBCA website… we’re keen to hear from you how you would like to share your ISS2019 experience!

Part of the funding for the ISS2019 UK scholarships is supported by the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) Machine Learning group. A requirement of your scholarship to attend ISS2019 is to visit JBCA at the Alan Turing Building (the University of Manchester) to give a talk. You will be shown some of the latest data science and machine learning tools being used in the department with a chance to try out some hands-on activities in machine learning and astronomy.

For teachers

Your main role will be to accompany and support the UK students attending ISS2019. This includes accompanying the students on their travel to and from Manchester, providing support if any issues arise, and being the contact person for the parents of the students.

As well as supporting and accompanying the three UK students attending the ISS2019 program, it’s important that the teacher attending ISS2019 makes the most of the opportunity to learn as much as they can! It is a requirement that you attend the full ISS2019 program. We also require that you share your experience and what you learn with your Greater Manchester teaching peers as widely as possible. We require that you write up your experience to share on Unviersity of Manchester web pages as a resource for other teachers, that you blog/tweet/share your experience online, and that you give a talk about the ISS to your school. You will also be invited to visit the University of Manchester to watch the students give talks about the ISS2019 and to learn about some of the latest data science and machine learning tools being used in the department.

 

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