- Be a current day student in the Social Science program at a CEGEP in Québec.
- Have authored an original Research Proposal or similar paper in a Research Methods course.
- Submit a completed Entry Form with all fields of information completed by the deadline:
- Contact information
- 100-word statement of intent
- Signed agreement to enter Contest and abide by the Code of Conduct below
- Signed support from a sponsoring Research Director (teacher)
- Submit an original Research Proposal that you have authored, formatted to specific standards. The most common formatting standards are shown below. Please verify the standards in effect for your local Contest.
- Page format: 8 1/2 X 11”, 1-inch margins, 12-point font, Times New Roman, single-spaced.
- Consistent and correct use of an appropriate formatting style such as APA or CMS.
- Word count (excluding title page, bibliography and appendices) between 2000 and 2500 words.
- Include a descriptive title, introduction (consisting almost exclusively of a literature review), a Method Plan, a list of sources referred to in the proposal, and an appendix if necessary (for items such as consent forms, working questionnaires, list of qualitative interview questions or coding sheets, depending on actual methods chosen).
- Optional inclusion of a timetable and budget.
TERMS OF SERVICE
- Being a Contestant is volunteer position, without financial compensation.
- Student volunteer hours devoted to participation in this science-oriented activity aiming to fulfill the Ministerial criteria for “engagement contributif” in scientific activities that are certified by the various Student Involvement Recognition programs in the CÉGEP network. Their institution alone is responsible for verifying the conformity of the hours spent to the Ministerial criteria.
- Contestants can only submit one application per Contest.
- A supervising teacher must sign the sponsorship agreement included in this entry form.
- For a team submission, no more than five authors can apply for any one proposal and the team members must come from the same college.
- Once processed, the Contestant proposals will be assigned a code, with names and other identifiable information removed.
- Submitted proposals will not be returned , but files will be deleted at the close of the Contest.
- Late, unethical or incomplete/incorrect submissions will be automatically disqualified.
- Only the winning entry will be notified of the Judges’ final decision.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Contestants shall strive to advance knowledge on a topic with scientific rigor while showing respect for the integrity and rights of research subjects and authors.
The Contestants agree to:
Conduct their research in a way that honours accuracy and truth and formally recognizes the academic contributions of others.
Scientific fraud, forgery, fabrication of information and misconduct are not condoned at any level. This involves:
- Referring to sources from which they have extracted central ideas, theories, findings, specific arguments, definitions, conclusions, interpretations and scales of measurement, even when not using direct quotations.
- Avoiding fabrication of facts and figures, falsification by wrongful author attribution or exaggeration and plagiarism.
- Avoiding colloquial, emotional and non-academic expression.
- Consistently and correctly using a formatting style that is appropriate to the discipline(s) featured in the proposal.
Obey the general rules regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects, which are embodied in the ethical rules governing researchers and members of your institution’s community.
This mostly involves:
- Informed consent, which may include a consent form (attached as an appendix item for the Contest) or, when only verbal consent is viable, a consent script (embodied in the Method Plan).
- For subjects under 18 years of age, informed consent from a parent or legal guardian, the recognition of the subjects’ right:
- Not to be distressed, humiliated, dishonoured or harmed through their participation
- To withdraw from the study at any point in time
- Requesting permission from the director, board of directors, manager, owner, or other person in charge for access to institutions.
- Refraining from direct contact with children and physically, emotionally or socio-economically vulnerable individuals.
Protect themselves and others from physical, emotional, legal, social or professional harm.
This mostly involves erring on the side of caution. It is best to exclude a technique if the related liability or potential for harm is unclear.
SIGNATURE OF CONTESTANT
I, ______________________________ [please print], hereby declare that I have read and understood the Code of Conduct governing the Contestants in this Collegiate Contest.
I agree to adhere to the principles and values expressed in the Code and will, to the best of my abilities, assume the duties and obligations implied therein.
Date of signature: ______________________________
Names of team applicants (for a team submission):
Student ID #:
Date of birth:
Projected date of graduation:
Name of Research Director (sponsoring teacher):
Name of course(s) for which proposal was completed:
Date(s) of course completion (e.g., fall 2016):
Social science discipline(s) of proposal:
Please also include a STATEMENT OF INTENT (100-word account of reason for applying).
For team submissions, each Contestant must submit a separate entry form and write a separate Statement of Intent.
SIGNATURE OF SPONSORING TEACHER
I, ______________________________ [please print], supervised this Contestant’s submitted proposal
in the course(s) _____________________________, in the ____________semester of 20___,
and I feel confident that the proposal meets the basic requirements of the Contest.
Briefly indicate how you supervised this Contestant’s proposal:
Date of signature: ______________________________