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Texas Student Research Showdown

Visit our Voting page to view this year’s videos and vote for the audience choice award! Voting ends Nov. 9.

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. Submissions are due Oct. 22, and winners will be announced at a reception Nov. 13.

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.
For students wishing to enter a group project in the Showdown:

  • Confirm that everyone with a stake in the project agrees to enter the competition.
  • Multiple students can be involved in the production of the video. However, a single student should serve as the main narrator or focal point of the video (the “student research communicator”).
  • Before entering the competition, all students must agree on how the award money (if any is received) will be divided. You may choose to split the money among the team members, or you may choose to give most (or all) of the money to the student research communicator.

What are the 2018 deadlines?

  • September 17: Video submissions open
  • October 22: Video submissions close and voting opens
  • November 9: Voting ends
  • November 13: Winners announced at reception

How do I enter?

  • Upload your video (2 minutes maximum!) as a publicly accessible YouTube video
  • If you’d like to be considered for the audience choice award, please also create a 30-45 second “trailer” for your project that uses text on screen and is suited for sharing on social media; see some examples.

Read the full rules and submit your information through our online form.