On 21 May, the conference hall of the main building of VSU hosted the ceremonial meeting of the organisation committee of the multidisciplinary engineering academic competition among schoolchildren “Zvezda” and the Board of the Student Scientific Society of Voronezh State University.
The participants were welcomed by the first vice-rector for academic affairs, Elena Chupandina, and the rector of the university, Dmitry Endovitsky. The rector pointed out the unique character of the competition as it focuses on the needs of the industrial sector, where the demand for highly qualified employees is very high.
The winners of the competition were also addressed by Anatoly Kuznetsov, chairman of the Voronezh regional office of the all-Russian public organization “Russian Engineering Union” and Director General of AO Voronezh Central Design Bureau “Polyus”. He stressed that for many years a lot of Voronezh enterprises, which play a key role in the Russian defence industry and work on the most important strategic problems, have been eager to take part in organising and holding the competition “Zvezda”. Such enterprises include Voronezh Central Design Bureau “Polyus”, Concern “Sozvezdie”, etc.
The chair of the board of Novikombank and member of the Central Council Bureau of the “Russian Engineering Union”, Elena Georgieva, also expressed willingness to promote intellectual competitions held at VSU.
The award ceremony was conducted by the dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Alexander Bayev. Ten pupils from Voronezh and Lipetsk received winner and laureate certificates as well as souvenirs from the university’s partners, Voronezh Central Design Bureau “Polyus” and Novikombank.
This was followed by the ceremony of awarding certificates to the prize-winners of the 34th Conference of the Student Scientific Society. The chairman of the Student Scientific Society, head of the Department of Theoretical Physics, Mikhail Frolov, stressed that the jury had selected the best out of 2,000 presentations, and emphasised that the small number of winners only tells for the uniqueness of the research projects and their authors. Young researchers were awarded certificates and book store gift cards.