American Chemical Society invites entries in video contest on 'Everyday Chemistry'

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 — Scientists and students still have two weeks to submit entries to a new American Chemical Society (ACS) video contest to win prizes that include a paid trip to the next national meeting of the world’s largest scientific society. Contest details and a sample video are available at

ACS launched the “Everyday Chemistry” contest as part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the society’s weekly newsmagazine. Inviting scientists, students and others to create videos that highlight the chemistry in everyday life is part of ACS’ efforts to foster better communication of chemistry’s role in solving global challenges to the public and policymakers.

One winner will receive a trip to the 246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis, Sept. 8-12. The winning video will be featured in C&EN, on ACS’ Bytesize Science channel, on the homepage and in a profile on the Chemistry Ambassadors webpage. Entries are due by July 31, 2013.

Whether the videos are filmed on smartphones or DSLR cameras, the clips should be creative, engaging and less than two minutes long. The contest is open to everyone around the world. The sample video for the contest features American University Assistant Professor of chemistry Matthew Hartings’ everyday chemistry tip on how to caramelize onions in minutes with a dash of baking soda.

For more entertaining, informative science videos and podcasts from the ACS Office of Public Affairs, view Prized Science, Spellbound, Science Elements and Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions.

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