International Year of Astronomy Essay Competition

15 January 2009

Shintaro Tsuruta, a current Bachelor of Science student who completed first year in 2008, has received a Commendable Effort certificate in the Space Generation Advisory Council's International Year of Astronomy Essay Competition.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years from around the world submitted essays in English on the topic 'What does astronomy bring to civil society?'

Having completed the first year Astronomy course run by the School of Physics (PHYS1500), as well as two other first year Physics courses, Shintaro was well placed to write about astronomy.

"The Astronomy course was really helpful for me to create the essay. Since I had studied fundamental astronomy in the course, I could clearly state how astronomy has influenced civil society," said Shintaro.

"Most of the ideas in the essay were obtained from the PHYS1500 lectures, such as academic history and industrial evolution in a society. If I had not been to the classes, I would not be able to produce the essay and would not have received this award.

"I want to say thank you very much to all of the lecturers and tutors in the Astronomy course. I hope that the award will motivate other international students at the University of Sydney more for their studies," said Shintaro.

Shintaro's essay will be published by the Space Generation Advisory Council in an online collection of the winning and commended essays from the competition.

Miftachul Hassana from Indonesia and Ajith Padmanabhan from India won equal first prize and have been awarded full travel bursaries to attend the opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Paris. Accommodation and travel have been covered by UNESCO and the International Year of Astronomy French National Committee.

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