Science and Society Student Video Contest

October 25, 2019
Student video contest poster


All full and part-time graduate and undergraduate students at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College


The top video submissions (up to four) will be awarded a $250 Amazon gift card each, and will be featured at the Center for Science and Society Fifth Anniversary Celebration on November 14, 2019. The awardees will be invited to attend.


The Center for Science and Society brings together students, researchers, scholars, and practitioners in the social and natural sciences, humanities, law, medicine, and the arts to engage in cross-disciplinary conversation, research, teaching, and outreach. Our aims are to break down disciplinary silos, foster interdisciplinary education and training, and enhance public understanding of science in relation to pressing social concerns.  To celebrate the Center’s fifth anniversary, we are focusing our activities around the theme of Knowledge and Access.

We invite you to submit a brief video about what science and society means to you. Some questions to consider include: How does the intersection of science and society impact your education, work, or personal life? In what ways do you engage at this intersection (conversation, activism, volunteering, education, research, etc.)? Why is this important?

Resources for Inspiration:


Video Guidelines

  • 1-3 minutes in length.
  • Can be in any style, including vlogs, interviews, documentary, animation, or a combination. Be creative!
  • Must be in mp4, mov, or m4v file format.
  • Video resolution should be at least 1080p (1920 x 1080), but 4K preferred.
  • Do not use copyrighted music, photos, or videos. However, you can use royalty-free content, such as those from Creative Commons.

Submitting Videos

Please email all videos to Darwin Eng ([email protected]) no later than October 25, 2019, with the subject line “Student Video Contest 2019”. Include the UNI, year, and field of study for all the students involved in the body of the email.


You will retain the rights to your video. However, by submitting, you grant the Center for Science and Society royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, modify, publish, and display the video on our website, social media accounts, and internal/external reports. Any video reproduced will always include videographer credit. All questions or concerns may be directed to Darwin Eng ([email protected])