The Broadview Files

Young Science Alumni Contest

Become a contributor to the inaugural digital issue of The Broadview Files and share your thoughts with our Science community! Featuring the perspectives of young alumni on a variety of subjects relevant to young professionals, we are inviting young Science alumni (graduates from 2014-2019) to participate in a contest to determine the first 4-5 articles to be featured in the first issue. We are looking for original, previously unpublished, creative perspective articles, told in the first person, that would appeal to a university-educated audience.

Entry deadline: Midnight EST, December 13, 2019.


Open to those alumni who received a Western University BSc, MSc or PhD degree from the Faculty of Science in the years 2014 through 2019. Only one entry per eligible individual is allowed.

Submission requirements:

  • Entries must be written in English, be original and previously unpublished.
  • Submissions should range from 800 to 1,000 words.
  • Each submission must be the work of a sole author. Articles must be submitted in Word format.
  • Entries accepted now through December 13, 2019.

Submission procedure:

  1. Send an email to The subject line should read, The Broadview Files-Category X (INSERT 1,2 or 3)
  2. Include the author’s contact information: name, postal address, email address, phone number and graduation year in the body of the email as well as the title of the submission.
  3. Attach the manuscript of the entry. The manuscript should include the title of the piece but no author- identifying information.


The first-place winner in each of three categories will receive a cash prize of $250.

Should the judges decide to award one or more honorable mentions, the winner(s) will receive $50.

The winning essays will be announced during a live on-line event in January, appear in the inaugural issue of The Broadview Files, a new digital publication on the Western Science website, and will be promoted via Western Science LinkedIn and @WesternuScience on twitter.

Published essays are subject to editing.

Winners will be notified via email but are encouraged to participate in the official announcement where they will have the opportunity to read an excerpt of their entry.

The judges’ decisions are final.


Category 1: Creative problem solving

As a young professional recently employed you are faced with multiple on-the-job challenges. Describe the problem(s) and how your creative approach to them worked out or didn’t. Please comment on what you learned in the process.

Category 2: When opportunity knocks

Different kinds of opportunities present themselves in the workplace and life in general. For example, you can be happy in one role, but another suddenly becomes available that really interests you. Or, you you have a great idea and you think that sharing it will help the firm and get you noticed by influencers in the company. As a young professional how have you dealt with those moments when opportunity knocks?

Category 3: The generation gap

The people with whom you engage in the workplace generally run the spectrum of ages and perspectives; from those who are just about ready to retire to the interns who have not yet completed their studies. Describe a situation in which a significant age-gap and approach between you and a colleague/ supervisor/client created a challenge. How did you handle it? What was the result?