Chemistry Champions Contest

Enter to win a trip to Boston!

Hey Younger Chemists!
ChemChamps is back in 2015 - and bigger than ever. You could be just two videos away from a trip to Washington, DC. Winners in DC will fly to the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, in August 2015, to compete for the ChemChamps trophy!

Got your attention?

How to Enter

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

Submit videos to ACS via Vimeo.
Deadline: April 8, 5:00 p.m. ET

Continue for more information including video and other contest requirements.

Check Out 2014 Entries for Ideas

Contest Format

The 2015 ChemChamps Contest has 4 rounds. The presentations must be in an informal style, understandable by the general (non-scientist) public. Use of graphics, music and audio complying with U.S. Copyright Laws is permitted.

  • Round 1 - submit a 2-3 min video on your chemistry work
  • DUE BY APRIL 8, 5:00 P.M. ET - scroll down for release form
    • Eight (8) advance to Round 2 based on quality judging by ACS science communications staff
    • Four (4) more advance to Round 2 based on getting the most views from April 10 - April 15
  • Round 2 - submit a 2-3 min video on a unique chemical element
  • DUE BY APRIL 21, 5:00 P.M. ET
  • Round 3 - 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 - 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, 15, 16, 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
  • host an ACS Webinar
  • join the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange
  • the 3D printed Chemistry Champions trophy

Video Requirements & Contest Release Form

  • Film the video in a quiet setting to minimize noise levels. If possible, use a microphone to record dialog for the video.
  • 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, visit
  • For sources of Creative Commons music, visit
  • You must upload your video submission to Vimeo
  • EMAIL your Vimeo link along with
  • ACS will post all qualifying videos to the ACS YouTube Channel.
  • FAQ on the contest format and other details.

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. ET
  • Be available in person on Tuesday, June 23, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET

Finalist Requirements  

  • Arrive in Boston, MA on Friday, August 14
  • Be available in person on Saturday, August 15, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
  • Be available in person on Sunday, August 16, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET
  • Be available in person on Monday, August 17, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET


  • 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 8, 5 p.m. ET.

More Information & FAQs

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