The Scinapse Undergraduate Science Case Competition (USCC) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to experience the development of a novel research proposal. A case is presented to all participants and, using in-depth literature search (publications, reports, studies and published writings), students connect and pinpoint key elements allowing them to develop a hypothesis in support of the case in question. Participants also develop a methodology which will test the validity of their hypothesis. This year's case topic focused on climate change as a global crisis that threatens many of the fundamental determinants of a healthy planet. Innovation and science play a crucial role in enabling a global, multifaceted response to this crisis – from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to building resilience to the harmful effects of climate change. In teams of 2-4, undergraduate students created novel research proposals that may hold the key to combating the global climate crisis. The top 10% of written submissions are highlighted in this abstract booklet.
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