ERN Conference 2016 Video Contest is now open for submissions!

The official ERN Conference 2016 Video Contest is now open for submissions! 

Display your passion and creativity for science in a short video. We’re looking for videos to explain an important scientific concept in a digestible form for an audience of middle school students, high school students, or otherwise lay person. The videos should come across as engaging, entertaining, and innovative. The best videos will insightfully reveal the scientific content and show artistry to create a compelling spectacle with quality execution. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

See the following summary of the contest details!

Who’s Eligible?

AAAS seeks to invite all university-level students participating in NSF Human Resources and Development (HRD) Programs to submit a video. This includes but is not limited to: undergraduate and graduate students conducting research that also participate in the NSF HRD, REU, and/or Engineering Directorate Programs. Participants may enter as a team of students as or as an individual.

Video Requirements

Submissions must adhere to the following criteria to be considered:


•         Length: Videos must be at least one minute and no longer than three minutes.

•         Content requirements:

  •  Videos must attempt to explain a scientific concept
  • Visuals must be tied to that concept.

•         Accessibility: Videos must have closed captioning.

•         Distribution: Videos must be uploaded to either YouTube or Vimeo.

How to Enter?

Upload your video to your choice of YouTube or Vimeo. Then visit and fill out and submit the entry form by the January 8th deadline.

Judging Criteria

Six finalists across the two categories (Undergraduate and Graduate) will be selected based on the aggregate of three scores: scientific merit, artistic merit, and creative combination of the science and art. From there, the six videos will be screened at the ERN 2016 Conference where the audience will get to vote for the best video in each category.

Prize Details

All six finalists will receive a complimentary 1-year AAAS student membership. Up to three participants from each winning group will receive a travel award for the ERN 2016 Conference. In each of the two categories there will be a cash prize of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place.

Full contest rules and disclaimer are available at: