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Ford Prize for Women in STEM study

Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study

Recognising that women are traditionally under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) studies and the related professions, Ford is delighted to announce the Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study 2017, which will recognise the achievements of women in STEM, who are encouraging other women to become involved.

In association with the Ford PWN (Professional Women’s Network) the prize is to be awarded to a female student who will be starting her second year of a STEM degree in September/October 2017, and who can demonstrate that they are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists.

1st Prize £1,000

Have you helped run extra-curricular STEM clubs within Primary/Secondary Schools?

Provided STEM leadership in young people’s organisations such as Scouts or Guides?

If you have been involved in STEM educational initiatives then we want to hear from you.

Entries accepted: May 1st - June 30th 2017

Finalists will be invited to attend an Assessment Day at Dunton Technical Centre in September 2017.

Download an application form

  • Rules for entries

    1. The following terms and conditions (Rules) on the Online Entry Form  and hard copy Entry Form apply to all entries.

    2. Entry to the competition is free.

    3. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these Rules.

    4. The Promoter of the Prize is Ford Motor Company Limited (FMC).

    5. References to ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ in these Rules refers to FMC.

    6. The Prize is open to all who qualify for entry.

    To be eligible to win the Prize, entrants must meet all three of the following criteria:

    - Attend a UK University.

    - Be a female student who is due to complete her first year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) undergraduate degree in summer 2017.

    - Can demonstrate that they are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists.

    7. To enter the Prize you should fulfill the following conditions:

    - Entry form must be completed with all relevant information; incomplete entries will not be accepted.

    - The online entry form is here.

    - The hard copy originals to be sent to:

    Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study
    Entry Form
    Dunton Technical Centre
    SS15 6EE

    - You must provide your full name, date of birth, UK University name and contact details (address and postcode). We will only use this information for administrative purposes relating to your entry to the Prize and for the following reasons:

    a) In relation to the Prize, including checking your eligibility to enter.

    b) For identifying you in any other media or publicity relating to the Prize (see Rule 13 below).

    c) To communicate with you to arrange recognition.

    8. It is the responsibility of the entrant to inform FMC of any changes to their studies or degree subject. Failure to do so may result in the entrant being disqualified.

    9. All contact details must be kept up to date as failure to do so may result in the entrant not receiving notification of results or similar correspondence.

    10. If you wish to participate in the Prize entry but do not wish to be identified personally or take part in publicity, you must indicate this clearly on the entry form. This will not affect how your entry is judged. We will respect your right to privacy.

    11. The closing date for entries to the Prize is 4pm on 30th June 2017. Entries received after that date and time will not be valid.

    12. Your entry must be:

    - Completed by you.

    - If it features the personal story of any identifiable person, only do so if you have obtained the necessary consent.

    - Not be obscene, defamatory, offensive, inappropriate or breach any relevant laws or regulations.

    If we have reason to be believe your entry breaches any part of this Rule 10, then your entry may be disqualified.

    13. Picking the winner.

    - A panel of judges will review all valid entries.
    - The winner will be chosen from a shortlist of successful entries.
    - Details of the judges will be provided on request.
    - The judges’ decision will be announced before 1st December 2017.
    - The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    14. Judging Criteria.

    The members of the judging panel will expect the successful candidate to demonstrate their commitment to inspiring in school-age children an interest in STEM studies or helping them to realise their potential in the STEM arena. This could be achieved in a variety of ways, for example, through the successful candidate having been involved in supporting clubs or organisations promoting STEM at either Primary or Secondary level education, or by working with other organisations such as the Scouts or Guides- or even starting their own science club or relevant activity. The judges will also be looking for the successful candidate to articulate how they plan to continue to a career within the STEM arena, setting out a clear vision of what they intend to do following graduation from their chosen academic studies. This will be evidenced both in the application assessment and at interview by information explaining what additional or further studies and professional qualifications would be appropriate after graduation and what work-experience is planned or has been undertaken to date. 

    15. Publishing of the Prize Entries.

    By submitting your entry without expressing a wish not to be identified or to take part in publicity, you agree that we may publicise your entry in some or all of the following ways:

    - Published on the Ford website and/or used in educational outreach and promotional purposes.

    - Winner and runners ups entries may be made available to the relevant colleges and universities for their websites.

    - If you are short-listed by the judges we may contact members of the local press to try and arrange local media coverage about your entry.

    - We may wish to use a photograph of any or all short list entries. If we do, we may arrange for your photograph to be taken when you attend the assessment or for a photographer to come to your college or university and take a photograph of you (and we will arrange a time for this with you and the college or university).  Unless you have not consented, FMC have the right to use your full name, age, college or university and/or town or city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as an entrant.

    - Where the winner and runners ups’ consent to media and publicity work filming and photographs, FMC will also have the right to reproduce and publicise their names and image worldwide in all formats and media including publications, websites, and programmes.

    16. The Prize.

    The winner will receive a cheque for £1000.00.

    17. Short-listed candidates must make their own way to the judging panel interview and reasonable expenses will be reimbursed (original receipts must be provided).

    18. Some other Rules.

    - No purchase is necessary to enter the Prize.

    - Details of the winner and runners ups may be obtained by sending a stamped address envelope to the following address: 

    Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study
    Dunton Technical Centre
    SS15 6EE

    - Any complaints regarding the Prize should be sent to the same address as above, addressed as Complaints.

    - Ford Apprentices and Blue Oval Scholars are not eligible to apply.

    - Finalists selected to attend previous STEM Prize assessment days at Dunton Technical Centre held on November 3rd 2014, December 14th 2015 or September 19th 2016 are not eligible to apply.

    - In the absence of negligence, FMC accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the competition or accepting the Prize including any injury, loss or damage to you or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any material in connection with the Prize.

    - FMC reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue or temporarily or permanently suspend the Prize with or without prior notice due to reasons outside their control.

    - FMC shall not be liable for any failure to comply with their obligations where the failure is caused by something outside their reasonable control.

    - FMC will abide by its own best practice guidelines when considering data protection in the administration of the Prize.

    - These Rules are governed by English Law and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with this Prize.