Chemistry Champions Contest

ChemChamps Finals LIVE
VOTE for your favorite chemstory-teller!

Where: San Francisco, CA
When:
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Info & RSVP:
http://bit.ly/ChChFinal 

Can't make it in person? Watch the livestream 7pm PT / 10pm ET http://ustream.tv/channel/acslive

More information on the 248th ACS National Meeting in August 2014.

Thank you to all of our entrants! Video submission is now closed.

What to Do

Shoot a 2-3 minute video starring only yourself and describing your research. Imagine you’re telling your favorite non-scientist family member or relative what you do, and why. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to attract attention and be informative. Recommended format:

  • 30 seconds on who you are
  • 2 minutes on your chemistry research
  • 30 seconds on why you should win

Submission Deadline: JUNE 13 by 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Read the complete video requirements and contest eligibility and semi-finalist requirements.

A Closer Look:
About the Video Challenge


Contest Format

The Contest has 3 rounds, each consisting of a 3-minute presentation about your research. The presentation must be in an informal style, understandable by the general (non-scientist) public. Use of audiovisual aids complying with U.S. Copyright Laws is permitted.

The contest, semifinalists, and finalists will be primarily promoted on Twitter (@AmerChemSociety and #chemchamps) and Facebook. Qualifying videos will be posted to YouTube.

The Contest has 3 rounds, each consisting of a 3-minute presentation about your research. The presentation must be in an informal style, understandable by the general (non-scientist) public. Use of audiovisual aids complying with U.S. Copyright Laws is permitted.

The contest, semifinalists, and finalists will be primarily promoted on Twitter (@AmerChemSociety and #chemchamps) and Facebook. Qualifying videos will be posted to YouTube.

Round 1

All entries must be received by JUNE 13, 3pm ET. Up to 10 semifinalists will be selected by ACS staff.

Semifinalists will be informed via email by June 20.

Evaluation Criteria
Scientific accuracy; presentation quality; number of views on YouTube

Round 2 (Semifinals) *

Semifinalists will be flown to San Francisco in August, where they'll deliver their presentations during a private workshop on August 9.

Up to five finalists will be selected by ACS staff.

Evaluation Criteria
Scientific accuracy; presentation quality

Round 3 (Finals) *

Finalists will present in person to a public audience in San Francisco on the evening of August 10. The audience will include a judging panel that will provide constructive criticism of presentation quality.

The 2014 ACS Chemistry Champion will be selected by a real-time popular vote incorporating Twitter participation.


Video Requirements

  • Film the video in a quiet setting to minimize noise levels. If possible, use a microphone to record dialog for the video.
    • If possible, shoot a test video to make sure the lighting levels and other factors are controlled
  • If you film the video in a lab or use any chemicals or hazardous equipment, you must wear goggles and other appropriate safety equipment.
  • All content in the video, including any music, must comply with United States Copyright Laws. Disregarding these laws will result in disqualification.
  • Videos must be under 3 minutes in length. Any video longer than 3 min will be disqualified from the competition.
  • For tips on speaking simply to non-scientists, watch the video below (starting at time 0:30) and visit www.acs.org/chemistryambassadors
  • You must upload your video submission to YouTube by JUNE 13, 3 p.m. ET.
  • ACS will post all qualifying videos to the ACS YouTube channel.

Eligibility

  • Entry is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and pre-tenure faculty at or affiliated with an academic institution based in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
    • 2014 graduates are also eligible
  • Entrants must be ACS members.
  • Entrants must complete, sign, and submit the Contest Release Form to chemchamps@acs.org.
  • Videos and Contest Release Forms must be submitted by 3 p.m. ET June 13.

Semifinalist Prizes

Semifinalists will receive the following:

  • Roundtrip flight to San Francisco (U.S. domestic only)
  • August 8-10 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) night hotel accommodation
  • $200 towards registration fees for ACS meeting


Semifinalist/Finalist Requirements *

  • Arrive in San Francisco on Friday, August 8
  • Be available in person on Saturday, August 9 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (PT)
  • Be available in person on Sunday, August 10 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (PT)
    • Optional additional availability on August 10 from 9am – 12 p.m. (PT) or 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (PT)