9 March, 2020
The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards competition challenges secondary school and tertiary students to deliver 12-minute presentations about how an application of science or technology will benefit New Zealand.
Each year the contestant who the Judges decide has delivered the best presentation is awarded the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Premier Award, and prize money of $10,000. The Judges also select three runners up who receive High Commended Awards, plus prize money of $5,000. The remaining eight contestants who were selected as National Finalists each receive a Merit Award, and prize money of $1,5000.
As well as the Awards and prize money a number of Scholarships and Internships are also available to contestants to help fund their tertiary studies and build knowledge and experience. While most of the Scholarships reflect the issues identified in the National Science Challenges there are also special Scholarships available for Maori and Pasifika students.
Additionally, Secondary school students may be able to receive NCEA credits for the 6-minute summary of their Eureka! Awards presentation which they deliver at the geographic or virtual region competitions.