Ryan Watkins
Ryan Watkins
George Washington University

You can now enter your completed or in-progress research in the 5-Minute Science Fair for 2015.   The Science Fair is an opportunity to share your research with the world, and potentially win prizes. For 2015 there will be over $10k in prizes awarded for videos that summarize research in varied disciplines. Currently, discipline-specific prizes are in the fields of cyber-security, sociology, and gender-based violence; and more prizes should be announced soon. There are also Best-of-Fair prizes, which can go to research in any discipline or field.shutterstock_79429900_253789708_253789709_256224451.jpg

The 5-Minute Science Fair is hosted by WeShareScience to promote the global sharing of scientific research through short video abstracts. Videos, up to 5 minutes long, can be entered by anyone conducting social or physical science research. In 2014, winners included a high school student, a non-profit organization, and a university professor. A video abstract about your research should not ‘dumb it down’. Rather, it should describe your research in a way that helps a diverse international audience understand the value of your work.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Albert Einstein

To support the 2015 Science Fair, WeShareScience has added several new features. WeShareScience aggregates videos from many disciplines, and you can now add tags to submitted videos. Tags give users more tools for searching, finding, and sharing videos on related topics. There is also a new Advanced Search tool. Videos can now be transcribed (at no cost), giving users the power to search within the content of your video (a service provided by SpokenData.com). Lastly, WeShareScience is teaming up with Thinkable.org to link your research abstract with their innovative tools for crowdfunding research. If you choose, you can use Thinkable.org to bolster financial support for your research.

Published and unpublished research can be entered into the Science Fair, and all intellectual property rights remain with you, the researcher. Learn more about the Science Fair here.

Below is last year's Grand Prize winner Karen McDonnell, Project VOCES: Listening and Learning from the Community.

 

Looking forward to your entry.

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