University of South Carolina

USC holds student video contest

By Jeff Stensland,, 803-777-3686

The University of South Carolina’s Office of Research is offering cash prizes for the three best short videos highlighting student research projects.

The contest is open to current undergraduate and graduate students and the top three entries will be awarded cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second and $150 for third. Videos can be about a past or ongoing research project, or even just a research idea. Students must post the videos on YouTube and the finalists will be determined by the number of “likes” they receive.  A panel of judges will pick the top three winning videos, which will be presented at USC’s Discovery Day on April 26.

Creativity is a must, so music videos, comedy sketches and other fun ways to present research are encouraged. Entries must be clean (no profanity or adult content) and will be accepted from Jan. 30 through March 29.

"Great research is being done by students in all disciplines at USC,” said USC Vice President of Research   Prakash Nagarkatti. “We'd like students to tell their stories in a way that might encourage their peers to start asking questions and pursue research of their own.”

To learn more about the contest, visit

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Posted: 01/28/13 @ 1:30 PM | Updated: 01/29/13 @ 1:35 PM | Permalink