Microbiome Award Rules & Requirements

2018 Microbiome Awards Rules & Requirements

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.  PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. 

The contest begins May 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM PST and ends on August 31, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

PhD Scientist Category

The contest is open to applicants who meet the following criteria: Must be over 18 years of age. Entrants must have been awarded their Ph.D. between January 1, 2008 and August 31, 2018. Both men and women are given an extension to the length of time from being awarded their Ph.D. that is equivalent to the time taken away from research due to the birth or adoption of a child, or the direct care of sick, injured, or disabled children for a maximum of up to 18 months per child. Entrants who are currently enrolled in a PhD program and will not receive their PhD until after August 31, 2018 can enter the PhD Student category.

Employees and immediate family members of QIAGEN cannot participate in the contest.

This is an international contest. Submissions to the Awards are admitted from any researcher regardless of age, gender, country of origin, background or religion.

Submissions will not be accepted from members of scientific groups supervised by any of the judges. A list of judges can be found here: https://mobio.com/judges

The research described in the submission must fall within the Microbiome field. Incomplete submissions or those that do not meet the requirements will be rejected.

Health care providers are not eligible to enter.

Each entrant is responsible to confirm that its submission and participation is permitted by the rules of its university or organization.

PhD Student Category

The contest is open to applicants who meet the following criteria: Must be over 18 years of age. Entrants must be currently enrolled in a PhD program. Entrants who will receive their PhD before August 31, 2018 may enter the PhD Scientist category.

Employees and immediate family members of QIAGEN cannot participate in the contest.

This is an international contest. Submissions to the Awards are admitted from any researcher regardless of age, gender, country of origin, background or religion.

Submissions for the PhD Scientist category will not be accepted from members of scientific groups supervised by any of the judges. A list of judges can be found here: https://mobio.com/judges

The research described in the submission must fall within the Microbiome field. Incomplete submissions or those that do not meet the requirements will be rejected.

Health care providers are not eligible to enter.

Each entrant is responsible to confirm that its submission and participation is permitted by the rules of its university or organization.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

To enter the contest, complete the application found at  https://mobio.com/application. One entry per entry representative. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.  The winner will be selected according to the judging process outlined below and notified by telephone call or email from QIAGEN no later than October 14, 2018. 

A complete application can be found at https://mobio.com/application and must include all required information. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. We will accept submissions exclusively through the online form at https://mobio.com/application. If you have technical issues with the form, please contact Heather Martinez.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions will be accepted until August 31, 2018.

JUDGING PROCESS

The winning entry of the PhD Scientist category is chosen by outside experts chosen from professional consultants, university faculty, and industrial researchers with expertise and experience in the area of Microbiome Research. Members of the judging panel must be unbiased and have no conflicts of interest with any entries. A list of judges can be found here: https://mobio.com/judges. The winnng entry of the PhD student category is chosen by an internal judging panel at QIAGEN.

Entries will be graded based on:

Scientific merit of research proposal (50pts) Originality/Innovation (20 pts) Likelihood of successfully conducting proposed research (20pts) Impact of DNA & RNA Isolation on the project (10 pts)

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The winners will be announced publicly on October 17, 2018.

PRIZES

PhD Scientist Category

A single grand prize winner in this category will receive the following prize page valued at up to $79,116.00 USD. No additional awards will be given.

PhD Scientist Prize Package valued at $ 79,116.00 USD**

Product Catalog # Units
Services worth US$10,000    
QIAseq FX DNA Library Kit (24) 180473 3
QIAseq FX DNA Library Kit (96) 180475 2
DNeasy PowerSoil Pro Kit (250) or equivalent value of sample prep kits of choice 47016 4
QIAcube System   1
UCP Multiplex PCR Kit (500) 206744 1
QIAseq 16S/ITS Screening Panel (96) + choice of Index  333815 and 333822 or 333825 1
Microbial Genomics Pro Suite - 2 year network license    1

 

PhD Student Category

A single grand prize winner in this category will receive the following prize page valued at up to $22,936..00 USD. No additional awards will be given.

PhD Student Prize Package valued at $  22,936.00 USD**

Product Cat # Units
QIAseq FX DNA Library Kit (24) 180473 2
QIAseq FX DNA Library Kit (96) 180475 1
DNeasy PowerSoil Pro Kit (250) or equivalent value of sample prep kits of choice 47016 2
UCP Multiplex PCR Kit (100) 206742 1
QIAseq 16S/ITS Screening Panel (96) + choice of Index  333815 and 333822 or 333825  1
Microbial Genomics Pro Suite - 1 year desktop license    1

 

** Value of prize package is based on US list prices as of May 1, 2018

All taxes, including, without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes on or in connection with the Prize are the sole responsibility of the winning entry.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion.  No cash prize alterative to the price will be awarded and the prize is not transferable.

The QIAcube is provided “as is,” and QIAGEN will install the equipment and provide standard training in the use of the equipment. The instrument will ship to the winner when inventory becomes available.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the contest in its sole discretion.  By participating in the contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest, including any errors in the administration of the promotion, printing errors, and technical errors, and the winner and his or her entry agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor as well from receipt or use of any prize awarded, and further agrees to the disclosure of the name of the winning entry. Submission of an application indicates written consent for the use of the applicant's data and contact information for marketing purposes.

The Official Rules are governed by, and must be construed in accordance with, the laws of Maryland.  Entrants agree that all disputes arising from or in connection with this contest and the prize awarded must be heard in a state or federal court of the State of Maryland.  This contest is void where prohibited by law.  To learn the identity of the winning company, send an email to Heather Martinez.

Sponsor:  The contest is sponsored by Qiagen Inc., 19300 Germantown Road, Germantown, Maryland, 20874.  Copies of these Official Rules are available at https://mobio.com/rules.

QUESTIONS

Please email questions to Heather Martinez.