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PLoS Comput Biol DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003413

The spirit of competition: to win or not to win.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSzczepinska, T, Iwasaki, W, Abeel, T
JournalPLoS Comput Biol
Date Published2013
KeywordsCompetitive Behavior, Computational Biology, Humans

A competition is a contest between individuals or groups. The gain is often an award or recognition, which serves as a catalyst to motivate individuals to put forth their very best. Such events for recognition and success are part of many International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council Regional Student Groups (RSGs) activities. These include a popular science article contest, a Wikipedia article competition, travel grants, poster and oral presentation awards during conferences, and quizzes at social events. Organizing competitions is no different than any other event; they require a lot of hard work to be successful. Each event gives remarkable organizational and social experience for students running it, while at the same time the participants of the competitions are rewarded by prizes and recognition. It gives everybody involved an opportunity to demonstrate their extraordinary talents and skills. Competitions are unique because they bring out both the best and worst in people.


Alternate JournalPLoS Comput. Biol.
PubMed ID24385894
PubMed Central IDPMC3873224