Submissions are open only to currently enrolled undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin.
Videos have a strict time limit of two minutes and must be publicly accessible via YouTube. Otherwise, there are no restrictions to the format — be creative! You can talk to the camera, discuss your work in a dialog with another person, or use creative graphics, animations, and camerawork to make the video visually appealing. Remember, the goal is to make a general, non-expert audience understand what you did in your research, and why it matters. See some examples.
Our judges consider the following characteristics when rating videos:
- The hook: Does the student capture the audience’s attention and make them interested in hearing more?
- The narrative: Does the student tell a story of their methods or their trajectory as a researcher?
- Merit and quality: Do the research methods suggest rigorous scholarly or creative activity?
- Accessibility: Is the student targeting a general, rather than expert, audience?
If you’d like to be considered for the audience choice award, please also create a 30-second “trailer” for your project that uses text on screen and is suited for sharing on social media. You’re encouraged to reuse assets (video, stills) from your 2-minute video for this. The Office of Undergraduate Research and other UT social media accounts will be sharing these “trailers” to spread the word about the competition (and about your research!), and the UT student body will vote on their favorites.
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.
Submitters (and their friends, co-investigators, and faculty supervisors) will be invited to attend a reception Nov. 14 where we will announce the winners.