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So, you think you can dance (your Ph.D.)? Show us your best moves

The party is just getting started when the dreaded question comes: “So, what’s your Ph.D. research about?” You launch into the explanation, trying to judge the level of interest as you go deeper. It takes about a minute before someone changes the subject.

At times like this, don’t you wish you lived in a world where you could just ask people to pull out their phones to watch an online video you’d already made explaining your Ph.D. research through interpretive dance?

You do live in that world! Not only can you create such a video, you can win $1000, achieve geek fame on the internet, and be recognized by Science for your effort.

This is the 11th year of the “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest sponsored by AAAS and Science, challenging scientists to explain their research without PowerPoint slides or jargon—in fact with no talking at all. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting your Ph.D. or you completed it decades ago. All science should be explained with dance.

The deadline for submissions is 14 January 2019.

To enter the contest, follow the instructions here.

The winner will be announced at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in February 2019.

Good luck!