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REGULATIONS

OF THE WORLD NOBEL STUDENTS’ INTERNET CONTEST

ON ECONOMICS

  1. General Provisions

    1. These regulations concern the order and procedure of the organization and holding of the World Nobel Students’ Internet Contest on Economics (hereafter referred to as the Contest), the Contest task structure, the assessment procedure and its criteria, the form of rewarding the winners and also the responsibilities of its organizers and participants.

    2. The World Nobel Students’ Internet Contest is a distant virtual competition, which demonstrates the skills to conduct world level independent scientific research, competence in putting forward and grounding hypothesis (concepts), as well as charting the ways of their practical implementation (see Section 4 of the Regulations).

    3. The World Nobel Students’ Internet Contest is open to students of higher educational institutions from all over the world, regardless of their geographical location, type of ownership, legal status or level of their subordination. The status of the Contest participant is mentioned in Section 3 of the Regulations.

    4. The form and the procedure of the Contest is based on the traditions and regulations of the Nobel Committees’ work while choosing the prestige award laureates in the scientific world and are designed to serve as the mechanism of direct connection between personalities who are enthusiastic in individual scientific research and Nobel laureates.

    5. The Contest is held every other year and synchronises with the International Nobel Economic Forum.

    6. The key goals of the Contest are:

      • to encourage students to master the theoretical heritage of today’s prominent economists and to promote economic research in different countries basing on the works by Alfred Nobel winners in Economics;

      • to discover gifted students for developing projects on the basis of supporting and awarding grants;

      • to promote international mobility of students, to develop contacts between young researchers of different countries in order to create the environment of understanding and consent among world youth;

      • to develop personal responsibility for the research;

      • to form the traditions of conducting world class scientific research in different countries of the world;

      • to support national research schools throughout the world;

      • to enhance the quality of university education all over the world.



  1. The Contest Board

    1. The Organizing Committee is formed to organize and to hold the Contest.

    2. The powers of the Organizing Committee of the Contest are:

      • to control all the stages of the Contest’s organization and holding;

      • to develop and elaborate details of the Contest Regulations, and methodological recommendations on its organization and holding;

      • to provide the universities interested in participation in the Contest with the necessary information;

      • to help universities whose students participate in the Contest;

      • to reward winners;

      • to award the participants of the Contest encouraging prizes, according to Section 8 of the Regulations;

      • to check participants and to register them;

      • to send the Contest participants’ papers to the Contest Committee (Contest Commission) for the assessment of their quality;

      • to code and decode the papers submitted to the Contest;

      • to control the proper execution of the Contest Regulations;

      • to inform the mass media of the Contest;

      • to collect the materials for generalization and distribution of the accumulated experience, to use it for the education of the new generation of world class economic scientists in different countries of the world.

    3. The members of the Organizing Committee are prominent academics, scholars, educators, representatives of leading enterprises from different countries of the world.

    4. The Contest Committee is formed to assess the quality of papers submitted by the participants and to choose the winners.

    5. The powers of the Contest Committee are:

      • to work out the Contest tasks and principles (criteria) of their assessment;

      • to check the participants’ papers and to form the list of winners;

      • to shape special opinions, comments, remarks, wishes in relation to the Contest’s works or their parts;

      • to prepare the digest of the best works for publishing on the sites of the Contest organizers or in hard copies;

      • to develop recommendations for universities of the world in order to improve the educational process and involve students in scientific activities.

    6. The members of the Contest Committee are laureates in economics, the leading academics and scholars whose works are devoted to current tendencies in the global economy.

    7. The active members of the Contest and Organizing Committees of the Contest are not mentioned in the Regulations and their names are to be published on the websites of the Contest organizers before the Contest.

  2. The Contest Participant Status (Terms of Participation)

    1. The students of higher education establishments, first and second year graduate students, and also graduates who have graduated from the universities not later than two years prior the date of distribution of information about the Contest selection round can take part in the Contest.

    2. The participation in the Contest is allowed for individual persons only, in other words, the participation of formal and informal group participants, creative teams, student societies, laboratories is not permitted.

    3. Special group and individual lessons (conferences, seminars, trainings, individual coaching and consultations with participants) are prohibited during the period of the Contest tasks preparation.

    4. The Contest participants’ names are kept confidential until the Contest winners shortlist is published. The Organizing Committee is entitled to publish information about the Contest participants, including their gender, age, country of origin, etc. The dynamics of the Contest on over the years may also be given after the second stage of the Contest.

    5. The Contest participants give their written consent as to open publication of the Contest papers or their parts, including translation provided that the author, the aim and the purposes of the paper and the place of the participant’s study in the period of writing the paper are mentioned.

4. Package of Documents for Participants

    1. Participants are required to submit the following documents to the Organizing Committee:

  • a completed participant’s entry form (see the Appendix);

  • a copy of identifying document (national passport or student’s ID card);

  • a copy of the document certifying the student or post-graduate student’s affiliation to the university, on behalf of which this work is submitted (a form of endorsement letter is possible). If a participant is a university graduate, a special document shall be provided specifying the education period at a relevant university (universities);

  • a written consent as to the use of the contest’s papers or their parts, including translation, publication on the websites of the Contest organizers, in the collections of the best papers, as well as the use in the educational process provided that the author, the aim and the purposes of the paper and the place of the participant’s study in the period of writing the paper are mentioned (the consent is expected to be attached to the entry form).

    1. The entry form with the electronic signature of a participant is sent to the Contest by e-mail (see contacts in the Appendix).

    2. Scanned copies of other documents with the electronic signatures of participants (see sec. 4.1) are sent to the Contest by e-mail.

    3. The Contest Organizing Committee checks the documents at the pre-selection stage.

    4. If the requirements are not met in full, the documents are rejected as unreliable at the first stage and the papers are not forwarded to the Contest Committee.

    5. The Organizing Committee is to inform the participants whose papers were rejected within two weeks from the beginning of the first stage indicating the reasons of rejection.



^ 5. Task Structure and Guidelines

5.1. The Contest participants receive the task, which is posted on the Contest website, and write the Contest paper in English, according to the standards and size indicated in the Regulations.

5.2. The participant himself/herself does the Contest task. Neither special individual nor group tasks are permitted (including coaching, trainings, seminars, consultations, workshops, etc.).

5.3. There are two parts of the task for the participants of the World Nobel Internet Contest on Economics:

I. All participants of the Contest carry out the research work under the motto: «The scientific achievements of the Nobel Prize Winners in the field of Economics and their application for the analysis of causes and finding ways of development of the global socio-economic system».

Every participant may choose any topic within the area. The research work size is not more than 20,000 symbols;

The Contest participants must suggest a hypothesis to explain a certain trend of the world economy or a concept to solve some real macroeconomic problem.

To perform this part of the task the participant should consider the following:


  • the problem to be solved should be of a fundamental or theoretic nature;

  • the trend to be explained should have been in existence in the world economy for not less than three years;

  • the original sources or some extra information on the ideas of the hypothesis and problem solving task should be mentioned;

  • the task should mention the ways and instruments for hypothesis generation which does not exclude participants’ own ideas and approaches to problem solving;

  • the style of the hypothesis or concept presentation should be concise to provide the best understanding of conceptual issues (not more than 5000 symbols);

  • the ideas of the task should be checked and qualified as those which do not contradict the acknowledged ideas.

The Contest participants are to develop a project of practical application of Nobel theories to the world economy or the economy of their home country, considering the regional situations.

The project is done on the specific data of a participant’s domestic economy.

^ II. All participants of the Contest shall prepare an essay on a general topic "The Nobel movement in my country and my ideas as to how to promote it". The essay size is to be not more than 10,000 symbols.



  1. Requirements to the Contest Paper

    1. . The requirements and recommendations concerning the tasks are given in the Appendixes to the Regulations.



  1. Contest Stages

    1. There are five stages in the Contest.

    2. The first stage of the Contest includes the distribution of information about the Contest among potential participants from different universities of the world. It means:

  • informing potential participants about the Contest;

  • organizing the international English-language forum on economic issues with discussions by students from different countries on the site of the Charitable Fund «Alfred Nobel Planet»;

  • appointing the forum moderators;

  • organizing a group of students to support the forum.

    1. The second stage of the Contest includes primary analyses of the Contest papers submitted by the participants. The pre-selection means checking the works according to the requirements, checking documents that certify university affiliation, and ascertaining the individual preparation of papers.

    2. The third stage of the Contest includes the announcement of results of the Contest. It means:

  • organizing the Scientific Contest Committee work;

  • choosing Contest winners;

  • placing the Contest papers and organizing their discussion on the site of the Charitable Fund.

    1. The fourth stage includes the announcement of the Contest results, invitation of winners to take part in the International Nobel Economic Forum.

    2. The fifth stage is the awarding ceremony of the World Nobel Economic Internet Contest.

    3. The sixth stage includes the discussion of the Internet Contest results:

  • placing the Contest papers and organizing their discussion on the site of the Charitable Fund;

  • analyses and summarizing the results of the Internet Contest;

  • working out the guidelines for the Contest participants;

  • working out the task for the next Internet Contest;

  • the membership amendment of the Organizing Committee and the Scientific Contest Committee.

    1. The time schedule of the Contest and deadlines to submit the papers are not part of the Regulations. They will be announced on the Contest website, website of the Charitable Fund «Alfred Nobel Planet» and the website of Alfred Nobel University, Dnipropetrovs’k.



  1. Assessment Procedure and Its Criteria

    1. The Nobel Prize laureates and prominent scientists from different countries, members of the Contest Committee assess the Contest participants’ papers.

    2. According to the task structure, the Organizing Committee uses the following grading scale:

  • assessment of theoretical level of hypothesis – max 500 points;

  • assessment of practical value of the project – max 300 points;

  • essay assessment – max 200 points.

    1. The members of the Scientific Contest Committee give grades for each separate part of the paper and choose Contest winners. The Organizing Committee takes the final decision by voting on the basis of the Contest Committee opinion.

    2. The Organizing Committee declares the Contest results to be final.

    3. The Contest Committee does not announce the reasons for choosing Contest winners. Therefore, there is no provision for a Committee of Appeals in the Contest Regulations. Neither the Organizing Committee nor the Contest Committee deal with appeals.

    4. According to sec. 2.5 of the Regulations, the members of the Contest Committee can comment on and offer their ideas as to participants’ papers. The Organizing Committee informs the participant of these comments; however, under no circumstances may they become public without the participant’s consent.

    5. The Contest participants’ ratings (on the basis of all grades put by the members of the Contest Committee) are placed on the sites of the Contest organizers only after the official announcement of winners.

    6. Every Contest participant is informed of the assessment structure, but these data do not become public through the mass media.



  1. Awarding of the Winners

9.1. The 1st place – one participant will get the medal of the Charitable Fund “Alfred Nobel Planet», a special prize, money award to the amount of $1000, and an invitation to take part in the Second International Nobel Economic Forum (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine). The expenses (entrance fee and accommodation) will be covered by the Organizing Committee;

9.2 The 2nd place – two participants will get the medals, special prizes, money awards to the amount of $500 each, as well as an invitation to take part in the Second International Nobel Economic Forum (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine);

9.3 The 3d place – three participants will get the medals, special prizes, money awards to the amount of $300 each, as well as an invitation to take part in the Second International Nobel Economic Forum (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine);

    1. The organizing committee will also provide the winners with other special awards and prizes.

    2. The Organizing Committee has the right to encourage winners in some nominations, indicating the reason for their encouragement.



  1. Final Provisions

The Contest organizers, the Organizing Committee and the Scientific Contest Committee members alone have the right to change or alter the Regulations.

Appendixes

Appendix 1. The Contest Papers Execution Requirements

Both parts of the contest paper are to be written in English in the format of the word processor Microsoft Word 97-2003, Times New Roman, point 14, single spaced, margins: left – 2.5 cm, right – 1.5 cm, upper and lower margins – 2 cm. The indent in the main text is 1.27 cm, the centring is even. There should be no blank lines and intervals between paragraphs. The components are to be submitted as two separate files. The file names should contain the participant’s first name and surname, definite contest component and the contest year (for example, Ivan_ Ivanov_2nd_Essay_2011.doc).

Both parts of the contest paper begin with the title which is printed in bold; the letters are conventional and the paragraph is centred in the middle. The author’s name and surname follow the title after one interval. The name of the university where the author studies is placed as access address. Then, after one interval, the main text is written (the title of the first chapter in case the paper requires them).

The subtitles of subsections (if it is necessary to divide the work into subsections) are printed in bold with centring on the left without any indentation. The blank line is placed before and after the subtitle.

Formulas are entered in Microsoft Equation Editor and centred in the middle. The number of any formula is placed at the right corner of the line. The formula numbering is gapless within the framework of the task’s separate part. The subsection’s number is not included into numbering. The formula is separated with a blank line from the top and the bottom.

Pictures done in different graphic programmes should be placed in the text as objects in the centre of the line. A picture should be followed by a caption. Numeration of the pictures is continuous within a separate part of the task. A subsection’s number is not included into the picture numeration. The picture is separated from the text with one blank line on the top and at the bottom. Photos or other raster images are placed and arranged in the same way as pictures.

Tables in the text should be executed with the help of MS Word. Tables are also placed in the centre of the line. The number and the heading are placed under the table. Numeration of the tables is continuous within a separate part of the task. A subsection’s number is not included into the table numeration. The table is followed with the source of information reference; if the table contains some author’s data, those should also be specified in the reference.

The source of information references both printed and electronic, are cited in the order of their mentioning in the paper. The bibliographic description of the sources is given at the end of the paper.

A sample of a paper’s page including the title, the author’s surname, a subsection heading, a sample of a picture, a formula and a table is given in the next appendix.

All parts of the contest task are to be sent to the Contest e-mail (NobelForum@duep.edu). The deadline for the papers’ submission is 31st December according to the e-mail date. Authors get confirmation of receipt from the Organizing Committee. In case such a confirmation is not received, the author on his/her own initiative should apply to the Committee and check the fact of receiving the contest task materials. In case the message date is after the deadline owing to e-mail reception problem, the work may be admitted for participation in the Contest with the concurrence of the Committee.

The Committee reserves the right not to consider the papers with considerable violations of these requirements.

Appendix 2. A Sample Page of a Contest Paper

^ THE WORLD NOBEL STUDENTS’ INTERNET CONTEST ON ECONOMICS


Name Surname1


Introduction


The current recessionary stage of the global economy is characterized by obvious contradictions between the complex economic phenomena and available instruments to study and analyze those phenomena…


E=mc2 (1)


where: E – energy…


^ Table 1.

percentage in …


Year

A, $

B, sec

C, m

Δ, %

20__

123

456

789

12











Source: www.statistics.gov, column 5 – author’s calculations


In 2003 the Hall of Nobel Prize Winners’ in Economics was unveiled in Ukraine for the first time ever…


^ Fig. 1. Memorial «ALFRED NOBEL PLANET» in Alfred Nobel University, Dnipropetrovs’k (former Dnipropetrovs’k University of Economics and Law)


September 2008 witnessed the first International Nobel Economic Forum «World Economy in the 21st Century: Cycles and Crises» which was initiated by Alfred Nobel University, Dnipropetrovs’k and the Charitable Fund «Alfred Nobel Planet» with the support of Nobel Prize Winner [1]…


References



  1. Б.Холод (2008). Наслідки першого Міжнародного Нобелевського економічного форуму. ^ In The Messenger of the International Nobel Economic Forum, No. 1, 2008

Appendix 3. Contest Contacts

Web site: www.duep.edu; www.nobelplanet.org

E-mail: NobelContest@duep.edu , science@duep.edu

Telephone: +380-562-312-454; +380-567-911-265

Fax: +380-56-778-05-28

Contact person:

Olga V. Dashevska,

PhD in Economics, the Head of the Research Department

at Alfred Nobel University, Dnipropetrovs’k

Antonina Dahova

Specialist of of the Research Department
at Alfred Nobel University, Dnipropetrovs’k


^ The official address: the Organizing Committee of the World Nobel Students’ Internet Contest in Economics – 18, Naberezhnaya Lenina str., Dnipropetrovs’k, Ukraine, 49000


Appendix 4. Participant’s Entry Form

Name, surname ________________________________________________________________

Place of study (university):________________________________________________________

Country of current studying _______________________________________________________

Country of origin_______________________________________________________________

Contact postal address ___________________________________________________________

E-mail________________________________________________________________________

Passport data (series, number) ____________________________________________________

Plans to arrive at the Awarding Ceremony _____________ (Yes/No)


I, Name and Surname, give this written consent as to the use of my research paper, submitted to the Organizing Committee of the World Student Internet Contest or its parts, including translation, publication on the websites of the Contest organizers, in the collections of the best papers, as well as the use in the educational process provided that the authorship, the aim and the purposes of the paper and the place of my study in the period of writing the paper are mentioned.

______________________________(Name Surname)

(Signature)



1 University of …

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