*Update, 14 February, 12 a.m.: Voting has closed. Check back after noon Eastern on 15 February to see the overall contest winner, category winners, and your pick for the Audience Favorite award.
Contestants in a global scientific competition are flying toward the finish line. They are researchers who investigate everything from viral nano-motors and human-dog behavioral imitation to the physics of soap bubbles. But they are not being judged by their scientific publications. This is the Dance Your Ph.D. contest.
The 2018 finalists have now been chosen! Challenged by AAAS and Science magazine to explain their Ph.D. research with interpretive dance, 50 scientists tripped the light fantastic for the contest, which is in its 11th year. A panel of previous winners picked these 12 finalists in four broad scientific categories: biology, chemistry, physics, and the social sciences. Now, the finalists are competing for the grand prize: $1000 in cash and immortal geek fame.
As a panel of renowned scientists and dancers scores the finalists on their artistic and scientific merits, you can weigh in with your vote for the Audience Favorite! Between now and 11:59 p.m. EST on 13 February, use the voting app below to pick your favorite dance. Vote early—but not often! Winners will be announced at the annual AAAS meeting in Washington, D.C., on 17 February.