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Texas Student Research Showdown

The Texas Student Research Showdown is a video competition for undergraduate researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Student researchers create two-minute videos about their research, which are voted on by UT students and judged by a faculty panel. The judges’ top three videos, along with an “audience choice” winner, receive prizes recognizing their excellence in research communication — $2500, $1000, and $500 for the top three videos, and $1000 for the audience choice winner. Student awards provided through the generous donation of Kimberly and Scott Martin. The Office of Undergraduate Research offers support at every step of the process.
Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, the Showdown will take place during early spring semester.
Showdown 2020 will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Why should I enter?

Student researchers are rarely trained to communicate effectively about their work in terms of its relevance, but throughout their careers they’ll have to be able to talk to non-experts about why their research is important. We want to help UT’s top students explain their discoveries—and tell their stories as researchers—to this general audience.

Regardless of whether your video is selected as a winning entry, all students will have a two-minute video to show for their efforts that explains their work to friends, family, grad school committees, and future employers.

View video submissions from previous years here

Who can enter?

The Showdown is open to any UT undergraduate involved in research or creative activity in any major—science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, business, and every other discipline. Your work can be an independent project or a collaboration with a professor or lab to which you have made substantive contributions. Group submissions are encouraged! Just be sure to confirm that everyone with a stake in the project agrees to enter the competition, and have all student EIDs on hand when you submit the video. If a group project receives any award money, it will be divided evenly among group members who are currently enrolled UT undergraduates.

The spring 2020 competition will feature two categories:
Arts, humanities, and social sciences
Science, technology, and engineering
Contact uresearch@austin.utexas.edu if you have questions about where your submission might best fit.

The spring 2020 deadline is Feb. 18, 2020. More details will be announced in the late fall.

How do I enter?

  • Upload your video (2 minutes maximum!) as a publicly accessible YouTube video
  • Read the full rules and submit your information through our online form.