Programs & Outreach

Science in Video (SciVid)

Submit a 2-minute high-impact video about your research or a topic in materials science

Science in Video (SciVid) seeks scientists to develop high-impact two-minute videos to generate a broader interest in materials science while competing for recognition and prizes. We seek videos that can teach, explain, amaze, amuse or fascinate! The only thing the video shouldn’t do is sell or promote a commercial product, facility or service.

The Science in Video competition is held every fall with winners announced annually during the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. MRS membership or Meeting attendance is not required to participate.

Winning Videos

Videos are judged by a panel of leading science video production, communication and art professionals to determine finalists and winners. Entries will be judged based on creativity, inspiration of videos and adherence to video criteria for this competition.

Vote Today!

The Science in Video (SciVid) Competition is asking MRS Members to select the People's Choice Award from the amazing list of finalists.

Voting begins Tuesday, November 26, and ends Wednesday, December 4, at 11:00 am (ET).

You can help select the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD by viewing the SciVid 2019 Finalists playlist and indicating your favorite with a "LIKE" vote.

Vote Now!

Timeline for 2019

November 11—Submission deadline (11:59 pm ET)

November 26—Top finalists announced for public voting

November 26 through December 4—Public voting on the MRS YouTube Channel (ends 11:00 am ET)

December 4—Winners announced at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting and live on Facebook

Submissions for the 2020 Science in Video Competition will be accepted starting September 1, 2020.

Compete for Prizes!

New Cash Prize Amounts!

  • 1st Place—$2,000
  • 2nd Place—$750
  • 3rd Place—$500
  • People’s Choice—$750


Contact Babak Anasori, Competition Chair

Facebook  Follow SciVid on Facebook for updates!

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.
  13. Background music has to be either copyright free or the copyright should be owned by the authors.

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

In November, submissions will be judged by a panel of leading video production and communications specialists to determine the top finalists that will be posted on the MRS YouTube Channel.

Finalists will be announced and notified via email of their selection on Tuesday, November 26. Public viewing on the MRS YouTube Channel and voting will begin the same day.

The video with the highest number of YouTube “likes” on the MRS YouTube Channel will win the People’s Choice Award of $750 USD. YouTube likes on any other version of the videos posted on different YouTube channels, Facebook or other social media will not be considered.


During the 2019 MRS Fall 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 11:00 am. All awards will be announced on Wednesday on The Hub Stage.


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