Science & Human Rights Student Digital Media Competition
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Student Digital Media Competition is made possible by the AAAS-Andrew M. Sessler Fund for Science, Education, and Human Rights.
MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION
Wanted: the most promising and creative student projects building bridges between science and human rights.
What’s YOUR connection to science and human rights?
• Protecting the human rights of scientists, engineers, and health professionals?
• Improving access of marginalized communities to science and technology?
• Designing new methods or tools for documenting human rights violations?
• Building a human rights movement within the scientific community?
• Infusing research ethics with human rights responsibilities?
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition launched the Student Digital Media Competition to discover and recognize quality digital media projects that highlight these and other intersections between science and human rights. Share your video, podcast, webinar, app, or other online project on any topic at the intersection of science and human rights!
We are looking for projects that leverage digital media to reach their intended audience and get their ideas across. Videos, podcasts, apps, games, digital music are all examples of projects that could be eligible for submission. (On the other hand, if you prefer writing thoughtful research essays, check out the Science and Human Rights Essay Competition.)
HOW TO ENTER
Once you have finished your project, make it available on YouTube, Soundcloud, or another free, publicly available site. Next, complete the entry form when it become available (1 April, 2018). In that form, include the following:
1. Project title.
2. URL to access the project.
3. Short description: In the description, you will need to tell us about your goals for the project, your intended audience, how you designed the project to reach that audience, and what effect you hope your project will have on its viewers/listeners/participants. We will guide your short description by asking specific questions on our submission form.
Judges will look for a creative idea, a clear message about science and human rights, high quality production of the project, and whether the project reaches the goals you set for it. Click here for more details about the judging criteria, tips for crafting a strong entry, and important information about scientific responsibility and data ethics.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
Entries must be related to science and human rights. We reserve the right to reject entries for which this connection does not exist or is insufficiently explained in the submission. Click here for full eligibility requirements. If you are not sure that your project is eligible, please contact us ahead of time to discuss your idea (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Only individuals over the age of eighteen (18) years as of 1 April, 2018 who are residing and located in a jurisdiction where the contest is lawful are eligible to enter. The Contest is void where prohibited.
Entries can be submitted in one of the two following categories:
Individual: Contest participant must be an individual at least 18 years old who, at the time of entry, is enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education seeking an undergraduate (two or four-year) or graduate degree.
Team: A group of no more than five (5) individuals who are all at least 18 years old, and, at the time of entry, are all enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education seeking an undergraduate (two- or four-year) or graduate degree.
Click here for judging criteria.
Submissions accepted: 1 April, 2018– 30 April, 2018
Winners announced: late June 2018
The AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program will highlight the winning entries online and at a meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. In addition:
- The winner of the Individual category will receive a $500 cash prize, plus a year of membership in AAAS, which includes a digital subscription to Science and access to the Science archives, access to ScienceCareers resources, and other benefits of membership.
- The winning Team will receive a $1,000 cash prize to be divided among the team members. Each team member will also receive a year of membership in AAAS, which includes a digital subscription to Science and access to the Science archives, access to ScienceCareers resources, and other benefits of membership.