Research, Discovery and Innovation Competition

On the occasion of the 13th year of Italian Language Week, the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and the Center for Italian Studies at University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce a public competition for undergraduate students.

Requisites:

Participants must be routinely enrolled as undergraduate students in an accredited University of this Consular Jurisdiction. 

Description:

RESEARCH, DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION:

ITALY’S EXCELLENCE IN CULTURE AND SCIENCE 

The goal of this year’s competition is to present Italy as a country that is forward-looking and forward-thinking. As a matter of fact, Italy is a country that bases its credibility and prestige not only on its ancient and immense artistic heritage, but on the excellent research centers that place industry, with its superior quality products and technological innovations, at some of the highest levels in the world. Italian creativity has forged the life and lifestyle of today’s Italy in many fields: art, music, theatre, cinema, literature; architecture, archaeology, science, design, fashion; politics, law, economics and, of course, cuisine.

Applicants are required to present a creative and original multimedia project on a specific topic that should highlight Italy’s excellence in today’s field of research and development.

Multimedia projects may include, but are not limited to, posters, mini-movies, photo galleries, short stories, essays with drawings/artworks, self-made videos; power point presentations with audio comments, and the like.
The projects may include, but are not limited to, a specific topic among the following areas:

a) technologically advanced machinery exported from Italy abroad (or specifically to the US);

b) new technologies in art restoration;

c) production of new textiles in fashion;

d) the future of architecture/urbanization in a specific city or region of Italy;

f) innovative research in scientific fields (medicine, pharmacy);

g) Italian contributions to space research;

h) new achievements in nutrition and food.

The multimedia projects must be written and/or presented in Italian.

All works should be sent in hard copy to:

The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia – Cultural Office

Suite 1026 Public Ledger Building
150 S Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
or by email to culturale.filadelfia@esteri.it (with links to Dropbox or other e-storage if the files are heavy)

For more information, please write to: culturale.filadelfia@esteri.it  or rpasqui@sas.upenn.edu

Deadline: all works must arrive at the above-indicated mail address no later than February 15, 2014
Prizes:
1)      One-month scholarship at the University for Foreigners in Perugia (June, July, or August), consisting of a free language and/or culture course (4 weeks, 20 hours per week – level to be assigned through a placement test upon arrival) plus € 500 in cash.
2)      One-month scholarship at the University for Foreigners in Siena (June, July, or August), consisting of a free language and/or culture course (4 weeks, 20 hours per week – level to be assigned through a placement test upon arrival).
3)      One-month partial scholarship at Scuola Dante Alighieri of Camerino with 50% discount on the full fee (80 hour language and culture course, weekend trips, accommodation in double bedrooms, cinema, shuttle for and to the station, etc.: 1708 euro). The cost for the student is 854 euro.
4)      Two-week scholarship at Scuola Dante Alighieri of Camerino, consisting of free accommodation (the cost for the student is 550 euro for the 40 hour language course, weekend trips, free shuttle to and for the station).
The Committee will notify the four selected participants of their awards no later than February 28, 2014.
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Rita Pasqui
Lecturer, Italian
University of Pennsylvania
rpasqui@sas.upenn.edu 
Cultural Officer
Consulate General of Italy 
in Philadelphia 
culturale.filadelfia@esteri.it