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Announcing the 13th annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest, sponsored by artificial intelligence company Primer!

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 explaining your Ph.D. research through interpretive dance?

You do live in that world! Not only can you have such a video, you can win vast sums of money (OK, modest amounts), achieve geek fame on the internet, and be recognized by Science for your effort. This is the 13th year of the “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest run by AAAS and Science, and now sponsored by the artificial intelligence company Primer.

Prizes: Normal category winners receive $750; the newly created COVID-19 category has a $500 award. The overall winner receives an extra $2000 and a spot on Dancing with the Stars! OK, we can’t actually do that second thing.

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 January 2021.

The rules

  1. For the normal categories, 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).
  4. You must adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines, including mask mandates and size restrictions on gatherings. Judging will favor solo dances or dances in which participants are clearly separated at all times. Safety before salsa!
  5. The complete and official rules apply and can be found here.

Submission deadline: 29 January 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST