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2020 Google Europe Scholarship – Essay Questions

Question 1

Why did you first become interested in computer science? How did this lead you to further study/pursue computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree/knowledge?

Please be as specific as possible, making sure to answer both parts of the question. You should use examples that demonstrate your passion for computer science. For the last part of the second question, try and think about how you will use the knowledge gained during your studies, and how you foresee yourself developing these skills, following completion of your qualification.

You can make reference to work and academic experiences, achievements and aims in relation to computer science.

The recommended word count is between 400-600 words.

Question 2

Please write an essay on a technical project that you took part in, or on a piece of research that you undertook, where your contribution and involvement was key to its success.

When writing your essay, please remember that the Computer Science professional reviewing your application may not share the same technical expertise or knowledge of your particular research field. Please make sure to explain all technical terms and processes accordingly.

Your essay should include the following sections:

  1. The problem your project or research is trying to solve
  2. The solution that was chosen
  3. The technical challenges you faced
  4. Your contribution to the success of the project
  5. Why you consider this project successful, innovative or both

Any evidence to support or to help illustrate your essay (e.g. graphs, diagrams, algorithms, sections of code etc.) can be uploaded in the ‘supporting documents’ section, for all such items please include the name of your evidence in square brackets in the appropriate place in your essay, for example [Mygraph1].

The recommended word count is between 400-600 words.

Question 3

Please give us 1-2 examples of a time when you exhibited leadership. Explain what you were trying to achieve and how you were influential. Examine the ways you had an effect on the members of the  broader community, such as your technical community, or your university.

To answer this question, you can draw from your academic, work or extracurricular experiences, responsibilities and/or achievements. You can use a combination of these if you are providing two examples.

Please be sure to be clear about your role in any activities or achievements described, and the outcome of your involvement. Please quantify your achievements where it is appropriate to do so.

The term ‘technical community’ refers to any communities that you are connected to that are technology based communities, such as any IT/Computer Science related societies/ on-line forums, any other users/groups of specific technologies and social media platforms etc.

The recommended word count is between 400-600 words.

Question 4 (Not assessed)

It has been well known for some time that having diverse groups of people in organisations, which learn from each other, perform better as a result. Yet, the percentage of disabled* Computer Science students that go on to work in Computer Science fields, academic or otherwise, is still far lower than it should be in most countries.  Please could you answer the following questions:

  • Based on your experience/observation at your university, what percentage of students studying Computer Science have a disability or a long-term health condition?
  • What is your university doing to encourage disabled students to select technical degrees?
  • What cultural factors in your country influence fewer disabled students to select technical degrees?
  • If you were the Head of the Computer Science department at your university, what initiatives would you implement to reverse the trend and increase the involvement of disabled students in Computer Science?


*disability means anything related to a mental or physical condition that has a long term negative effect on your day to day activities. This could include dyslexia, dyspraxia, Aspergers Syndrome, or any learning disability; sight or hearing loss; a physical or mobility difficulty; a health condition such as epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, heart disease; mental health conditions such as  depression, bi-polar, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders.

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