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Announcing the 10th annual Dance Your Ph.D. Contest!

*Update, 1 November: The 2017 winners have been announced! Click here to see the overall winner, as well as the category winners and your pick for the Audience Favorite award.

The dreaded question. “So, what’s your Ph.D. research about?” You take a deep breath and launch into the explanation. People’s eyes begin to glaze over…

At times like these, don’t you wish you could just turn to the nearest computer and show people an online video of your Ph.D. thesis interpreted in dance form?

Now you can. And while you’re at it, you can win $1000, achieve immortal geek fame on the Internet, and be recognized by Science for your effort.

Prizes: The cash prizes are $500 for the best dance in each category, and an additional $500 for the overall winner. The grand prize winner will also be a guest at the 2018 AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas, for a screening of your dance and a talk about how you pulled it off.

How to enter

  1. Turn your Ph.D. thesis into a dance.
  2. Post the video on YouTube.
  3. Send us the link by 29 September 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

The prizes

A cash prize goes to the best Ph.D. dance in each category:

PHYSICS – $500


BIOLOGY – $500


The rules

  1. You must have a Ph.D., or be working on one as a Ph.D. student.
  2. Your Ph.D. must be in a science-related field (see FAQ).
  3. You must be part of the dance (see FAQ).

Submission deadline: 29 September 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

Those are the basics. Here’s the fine print.