Essay writing competition: Deadline extended

The deadline has been extended for medical students to enter DAUK’s biodiversity essay writing competition.

The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) is encouraging medical students to submit an essay with a maximum of 1000 words on the question: Why does biodiversity matter to healthcare and what should we do about it?”

The closing date for entries has been extended to 11.59pm on Monday 6 May.

The shortlisted finalists will be judged by Chris Packham, the broadcaster, environmental activist and animal welfare campaigner.

The first prize is £300, with two £100 prizes for the two runners-up, and the top three essays will also be considered for publication in the BMJ Leader blog.

Please ensure essays are in font size 12, are double spaced, are in Harvard or Vancouver style referencing with a maximum of five references.

The competition is free to enter and entrants must be a DAUK member. Membership is free for medical students.

Visit the membership section of the DAUK website for more details. 

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