Chemistry Champions Contest

Four finalists heading to Philadelphia, PA!

  • John Gleeson
  • Mallory Hinks
  • Olga Zamudio
  • Nathan Turner

Details for the Finals coming soon, with live performances on August 20 and 22 in Philadelphia - attendees will vote for the favorite and cumulative scores will decide the winner of the 2016 Chemistry Champions contest!

Congratulations to our hard working Semifinalists!

Check out all the videos at http://bit.ly/chemchamps2016

From left to right with (*) for finalists: Nathan Turner*, Will Shafer, Mallory Hinks*, Olga Zamudio*, Melanie Swannell, Robin DeClercq, Amanda Pluntze, John Gleeson*
Christine Schmidt, ACS

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Entries are now closed, but here's the Contest information:

For younger chemists proud to tell non-scientists about research or how chemistry works. The top ones will get a chance at a free trip to the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

How to enter  

  1. Shoot a video 3 minutes or less of yourself about your chemistry research OR a chemistry concept you're great at explaining. The video must be understandable by non-scientist native English speakers.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube
  3. Fill out this release form and email a scanned copy along with your video link to chemchamps@acs.org
    •  Videos longer than 3 minutes do not qualify  

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR JUDGING APRIL 25, 5:00PM EDT

Eligible videos submitted between April 25, 5:00pm EDT, and May 2, 3:00pm EDT will be in contention by view counts, but will not be considered by judges.  

Once ACS verifies receiving the link and release form, your video will be added to the official 2016 ChemChamps playlist - http://bit.ly/chemchamps2016 (playing in video above). Views considered as of 11:59pm ET on May 2. Qualifiers for Round 2 will be announced on May 5 via Twitter and informed via email.

How the contest works:

Round 1: Twelve advance from YouTube video

Top 8 judged for quality; 4 more by number of views.

Round 2: Eight advance from new YouTube video

Top 8 judged for quality.

Round 3 Semifinals: Four advance from live performance

Semifinalists receive several hours of science communications tips, social media strategy advice, feedback on their videos, and one-on-one coaching over a day and a half. Semifinalists then each give 3 min live presentation; top 4 judged for quality.

Round 4 Finals: One winner from live performance(s) and new YouTube video

Through 1-2 live events in Philadelphia and a new YouTube video, scores added to determine overall winner and runner-up.  

Full contest details available here.

Important Dates (all 2016):

  • April 25, 5:00pm EDT - all eligible videos received enter judging
  • May 2, 3:00pm EDT - deadline for view count only videos
  • May 2, 11:59pm ET - views and likes counted
  • May 5 - Round 2 qualifiers announced (12 in total)
  • May 16 - Round 2 videos due
  • May 23 - Semifinalists informed via email (8 in total)
  • by June 1 - Semifinalists publically announced
  • June 22-23 - Semifinals in Washington, DC
  • Aug 19-24 - Finals period; exact dates to be announced June 23

Eligibility

  • Entry is open to all who qualify as Younger Chemists on any calendar day in 2016
    • birthdate on or after January 2, 1980
  • All Semifinalists must be ACS members with a membership expiration after September 1, 2016
    • i.e. you do not need to be an ACS member to enter the contest in March/April
    • NOTE: high school students are (generally) not eligible for ACS Membership - see FAQs for more information
  • Entrants must complete, sign, and submit a contest release form

Prizes

Semifinalists:

  • Guarantee of up to $1000 USD for roundtrip transportation to Washington, DC, accommodation included
  • Receive tips on science communication via live, social media, and video performance; meet ACS staff

Finalists:

  • Guarantee of up to $1000 USD for roundtrip transportation to Philadelphia, PA, accommodation included  

Runner-Up:

  • 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

 

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