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Currently enrolled undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin are invited to submit their video entries to the 2018 Texas Student Research Showdown.

Students are responsible for creating their own videos and making them publicly accessible via YouTube, then sending us the link via our submission form. We encourage you to take advantage of our workshop series to help prepare a submission.

Videos must be no longer than two minutes. Otherwise, there are no restrictions to the format—you can talk to the camera, discuss your work in a dialog with another person, and 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.

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?

Submissions have closed for the 2017 Showdown. Information about the 2018 Texas Student Research Showdown will be available in fall 2018. To view video submissions from previous years click here.