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‘HSE Science Battles’ Receives Special Prize at ‘Silver Archer’ Award

Ivan Chernyavsky, PR Manager at the HSE Student Initiative Support Centre, and Kamila Malikova, organizer of the HSE Science Battles

On February 16, the ‘Silver Archer’ prizes were awarded in Moscow. HSE Science Battles, a project designed by HSE students, made it to the top three in the ‘Technologies of the Future’ category. It was also judged ‘best project’ in this category by the student jury, and was awarded a special prize by Russian Venture Company, the category’s partner.

Kamila Malikova, founder of the HSE Science Battles, explained that the competition was held in three stages: ‘To begin with, we had to write an application describing our project, then we participated in a public defense process at the Civic Chamber in front of industry professionals. We were among the three remaining finalists in our category. There was also a student jury consisting of students from various universities, who judged the best project in each category. In ours, they chose the Science Battles’.

Despite the fact that the overall competition winner was another team, the organizers decided to recognise HSE Science Battles as an outstanding project. ‘We were awarded a special prize by RVC at the ceremony’, said Kamilla. ‘In a way, this is pretty extraordinary, seeing as a student project has never been awarded a prize by Silver Archer professionals before’.

Silver Archer is a nation-wide award in public relations. The competition for Russia’s best communication projects has been running for 20 years already. The winners receive a ‘Silver Archer’ statuette and special prizes can be awarded at the discretion of the Advisory Board and the Expert Council.

‘HSE Science Battles’ was created by HSE students in 2017. Participants are expected to present their research discoveries using a simplistic, yet engaging, approach. The new season of ‘Science Battles’ kicks off next academic year.

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