Chemistry Champions Contest


Our four Finalists Dave, Erica, Hadi, and Tierra will compete for the ChemChamps crown in Boston this August.

Tune into this space* through July for information on where you can see the Finalists and vote for your favorite.

*Follow #chemchamps on Twitter.

Create a 2-3 minute video starring yourself and describing your research, using words understandable by English-speaking non-scientists. Imagine you’re telling your favorite non-chemist family member or friend what you do, and why. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to attract attention and be informative.  

  • tell us who you are
  • tell us about your research or your general field of study
  • tell us why doing chemistry excites you

New Deadline: April 10, 8:00 a.m. EDT

Video requirements and Contest Description

Submit videos to ACS by emailing a Vimeo link to including the Contest Release Form. For best results, give your video a good title and include a 1-2 sentence description with your email.

Check Out 2015 Entries!  

Contest Format

The 2015 ChemChamps Contest has 4 elimination rounds. The presentations must be in an informal style, understandable by native English speakers in the general (non-scientist) public. Use of graphics, music and audio complying with U.S. Copyright Laws is permitted. Visit the details and FAQs page for a more thorough contest format description.

  • Round 1  - COMPLETED
  • submit a 2-3 min video on your chemistry work
  • ORIGINALLY DUE BY APRIL 8, 5:00 P.M. EDT, extended to April 10, 8:00 A.M. EDT with a time penalty for view counting
    • Eight (8) advance via ACS judging for quality
    • Four (4) advance via most YouTube views April 10 - April 15
  • Round 2 - UNDERWAY
  • submit a 2-3 min video on a unique chemical element
  • DUE BY APRIL 23, 9:00 A.M. EDT
  • Round 3 (Semifinals) - live presentation in Washington, DC
  • JUNE 22 & 23
    • Four (4) of the competing 8 advance based on quality votes by ACS staff who did not vote in Round 1
  • Round 4 (Finals) - a series of stages in Boston, MA
  • AUGUST 15-17
    • points in each stage add up to winner announced in livestream public event on August 17

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



  • Guarantee of up to $1000 USD for roundtrip transportation to Washington, DC
  • June 21-23 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) night hotel accommodation


  • Guarantee of up to $1000 USD for roundtrip transportation to Boston, MA
  • August 14-17 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) night hotel accommodation


  • host an ACS Webinar

Grand Prize Winner!

  • trip to Washington, DC to network with professional science communications staff at ACS and possibly attend a briefing on Capitol Hill
  • host an ACS Reactions video
  • join the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange
  • the 3D-printed Chemistry Champions trophy

Semifinalist Requirements  

  • Provide proof of
    • ACS Membership in good standing, not expiring before September 1, 2015
    • birthdate on or after January 2, 1979
  • Arrive in Washington, DC by June 21
  • Be available in person on Monday, June 22, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT
  • Be available in person on Tuesday, June 23, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. EDT

Finalist Requirements  

  • Arrive in Boston, MA on Friday, August 14
  • Be available in person on Saturday, August 15, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
  • Be available in person on Sunday, August 16, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT
  • Be available in person on Monday, August 17, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. EDT
    • Specific availability times will be shared with Finalists closer to August 15.


  • Entry is open to all ACS Members who are also Younger Chemists on any calendar day in 2015
    • birthdate on or after January 2, 1979
  • All Semifinalists must be ACS members with a membership expiration after September 1, 2015.
  • Entrants must complete, sign, and submit a Contest Release Form
  • Videos and Contest Release Forms must be submitted by April 10, 8 a.m. EDT.

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