Think you can explain your scientific research in dance? This year, 32 teams of scientists did just that for the annual Science/AAAS Dance Your Ph.D. contest. Without using jargon or Powerpoint, each one captures the scientific essence of a real thesis. Who will win this year's top prize of $1000 and a free trip to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, for a screening of their dance—not to mention immortal geek fame?
Previous winners of the contest have helped whittle down the field to the 12 finalists below. A panel of judges from the worlds of dance and science are now scoring these submissions on their artistic merit, scientific merit, and how creatively they merged the two.
We also want to know what you think. Between now and 3 p.m. Thursday 19 November, use the voting app below to pick a dance and help determine the Audience Favorite.