SOLACE (Stories Of public health through Local Art-based Community Engagement) is a two-year research project jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Medical Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund. SOLACE brings together researchers from arts, medicine, social science, and humanities, based at Keele University (UK) and Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines). One of the aims of the SOLACE partnership is to provide cross-cultural learning experiences for Keele and Ateneo students and to develop a creative, interdisciplinary global health learning toolkit for students in higher education.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOLACE COMPETITION?
Undergraduate students (Year 2 and Year 3 students) from the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University and Year Level 5 and Year Level 6 students from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) are invited to individually submit a piece of creative work on global health to our SOLACE student competition. The submitted work can be in the format of choice. This could be an essay, a poem, a music documentary, an audio-visual installation, a painting, or a combination of the above. The submission must convey in a powerful fashion the student’s interest in global health. You must submit a ‘hard’ copy of your work and a ‘soft’ copy (an electronic version, if an installation, please provide detailed pictures), large files should be sent as a Google Drive link. Other invited participants in the competition are Year 2 and Year 3 students from the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, and Year 1 and Year 2 students from Keele’s School of Humanities.
An online application form is to be filled up to accompany the creative output. The form may be accessed through this link: https://bitly.com/SOLACE_StudentCompetition
Who can join?
Undergraduate students of the Loyola Schools who:
- Are in their Sophomore or Junior Year of study (Y2 or Y3)
- Have good academic standing (minimum requirement QPI 2.0)
- Do not have any major disciplinary case
- Are able and agreeable to receive necessary vaccinations prior to immersion
- Are medically fit to travel to Northern Samar at the end of July 2018
- Are available and medically fit to travel to Keele University, UK by a date to be confirmed (2019, when convenient for the 4 students)
MD-MBA students of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health who:
- Are in Year Level 5 or Year Level 6
- Have a good academic standing (minimum requirement QPI 2.0)
- Do not have any major disciplinary care
- Students should not have any exams (resits or first attempts) or coursework to do during the summer (in case the winner has resits/exams/coursework, s/he will be replaced by the runner-up)
- Are able and agreeable to receive the necessary vaccinations prior to immersion
- Are medically fit to travel to the Northern Samar at the end of July 2018
- Are available and medically fit to travel to the Keele University, UK by a date to be confirmed (2019, when convenient for the 4 students)
For the Loyola Schools:
Please email your submission to Ms. Clarissa Mijares-Ramos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and arrange a drop off of the hard copy of the application to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ground Floor Leong Hall.
For the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health:
Please email your submission to Dr. Sophia C. Caranay-Narag (email@example.com), and arrange a drop off of the hard copy at the Office of the Ateneo Center for Health Evidence, Action and Leadership (A-HEALS), 2nd Floor of the ASMPH Building.
IMPORTANT: All hardcopy submissions must be properly labelled with the following details: name, year level, mobile number, email. Absolute deadline is on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12 noon. No late submissions will be accepted. Please indicate if you are happy for your creative piece to be part of the SOLACE exhibition (launch: 15 May 2019).
An announcement of winners will be made on 15 May 2018
The winners (1 LS student and 1 ASMPH student) will become SOLACE ambassadors and will travel to Northern Samar, Philippines, for a week of fieldwork in July 2018.
Our partner institution in the UK, Keele University, will also hold a student SOLACE competition. The Keele medical student will be paired up with the arts student from Ateneo and the Keele humanities student will be paired up with the medical student from Ateneo. The 4 SOLACE ambassadors will be expected to immerse themselves in the field in July 2018. They will collect stories, pictures, create audio-visual stories, keep a field diary and write up field notes. This material will serve as (1) input to the SOLACE social media campaign (via Tweets and blog entries) and (2) to produce a creative global health learning toolkit and an installation to be displayed at the SOLACE exhibition held in May 2019. This can be produced in 2018-19 when the two Ateneo students will travel to Keele for an immersion week in the UK. The date of that visit will be at a time mutually convenient for the 4 SOLACE ambassadors.
The 2 winners and 4 runners-up (i.e. first 3 medical students and first 3 humanities students) will have their pieces published as CASIC working papers (see https://www.keele.ac.uk/casic/workingpaperseries/).
COSTS AND PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS
All costs (flights, local transport, accommodation, subsistence, and vaccinations) will be covered by the SOLACE grant. The flights and accommodation will be booked by the SOLACE team and the 4 SOLACE ambassadors students will be accompanied by a local SOLACE team member.
THE SOLACE STUDENT COMPETITION JUDGES ARE
Dr Maria Luz Vilches, Vice President for the Loyola Schools // Dr Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology // Dr Jose Jowel Canuday Co-Investigator SOLACE // Mr Martin Villanueva, Chair, Department of Fine Arts // Dr Norman Dennis “Sio” Marquez, Director, Health Sciences Program // Ms. Yael Buencamino, Executive Director, Arete // Ms Urduja Amor, Faculty Member, Development Studies Program and Health Sciences Program // Dr. Lourdes Bernadette Sumpaico-Tanchanco, Director, Center for Research and Innovation, ASMPH // Dr. Caroline Mae Ramirez, Provincial Consultant for Health, Provincial Government of Northern Samar
- Deadline submissions: Tuesday 1 May 2018
- Announcement winners: Tuesday 15 May 2018
- Confirmation travel (after the exam results are released): Thursday 5 July 2018
- SOLACE field trip (Keele students travel to the Philippines): end of July 2018
- Producing a creative, global learning toolkit, a piece for the SOLACE exhibition and a paper: 2018-19
- SOLACE research week (Ateneo students travel to the UK): week in 2019, date to be confirmed
- Launch SOLACE exhibition Keele: Wednesday 1 May 2019
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