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Science in Video (SciVid)

The finalists for the Science in Video Competition (SciVid) have been selected!

Now it's time for you to select the People's Choice Award!

  • View all the videos on the playlist
  • Pick your favorite and vote by selecting "Like."
    Only votes on the MRS YouTube Playlist will be counted.
  • Share the link mrs.org/sci-vid-videos so others can vote, too!

Vote Now for your Favorite Video

Watch & Vote Now

All awards will be presented Wednesday, November 28, at 3:00 pm
on The Hub Stage in Hynes, Level 2, The Hub—Hall D.  


Voting at the Meeting

Stop by the Public Outreach Center to learn more about the competition and how you can vote. View videos and vote through Wednesday at 12:00 pm. All awards will be announced on Wednesday on The Hub Stage at 3:00 pm.

Can’t attend the Meeting? You can still vote for the People’s Choice Award!

  • View all the videos on the YouTube playlist
  • Pick your favorite and vote by selecting "Like." Only votes on the MRS YouTube Playlist will be counted.
  • Share the link mrs.org/sci-vid-videos so others can vote, too!

The video with the highest number of “likes” on the MRS YouTube channel will win the People’s Choice Award of $700. Likes on any other version of the videos posted on different YouTube channels, Facebook or other social media will not be considered.

Eligibility and Prizes

This competition is open to anyone who is passionate about materials science and engineering. MRS membership or Meeting attendance is not required.

Compete for cash prizes (USD):

  • 1st Place—$1,000
  • 2nd Place—$500
  • 3rd Place—$300
  • People’s Choice—$700

Contest Requirements

  1. Make a two-minute video covering only one materials science-related topic. This can be a cutting-edge research topic or a fundamental concept.
  2. Explain the effect of the topic on our society.
  3. End the video with a verbal statement that ends with “… and materials science and engineering makes it possible.”
  4. Maximum length: two minutes
  5. Maximum size: 500 MB
  6. Use an English-speaking narrator.
  7. Include inspiring background music.
  8. Use animation, graphics and demonstration in the video as a creative method of conveying the message.
  9. Use voice over (first person narration) or journalist/reporter style (following the experiment-in-progress and talking “live” into the camera) is accepted. Interview style video is NOT accepted
  10. Only one entry per individual or group of people. However, multiple entries from one institute are accepted.
  11. The purpose of this competition is to promote materials science and no advertisement of any kind is accepted. Names of companies cannot be mentioned; however, mentioning the name of educational institutions is allowed.
  12. Professional films that are developed with the aid of a film production company are accepted.

Suggestions from the Judges

  1. Use video editing software. 
  2. Consider using a tripod to avoid shaky hand videos.
  3. Collaborate with communications, art or media design departments or a similar department at your university to create a high quality video.
  4. Use a professional camera, drones or any creative way of capturing the video.
  5. Use a good microphone and record in a quiet environment since extraneous noise can be challenging to edit or mix out.
  6. The best videos are those that viewers cannot stop thinking about! 


November 20—
November 28

Public voting on the MRS YouTube Channel ends at 12:00 pm ET.

November 28

Winners will be announced at the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston at 3:00 pm ET.



Contact Babak Anasori of Drexel University, competition chair, with questions.

Sponsored by

Material Research Society Foundation


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