Guidelines and Judging Rubric


Submission Topic

The second annual Stand up for Science competition is aimed at increasing awareness of federal funding support for biological and biomedical science. Video submissions must address at least one of the five federal agencies listed below:
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate for Biological Sciences
  • Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture and Food  Research Initiative
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medical and Prosthetic Research Program

Questions to Consider

  • What is the mission of the agency(ies)?
  • What type(s) of research is supported by the agency(ies)?
  • Who performs the research supported by the agency(ies)?
  • Where do the researchers perform the science that is supported by the agency(ies)? Is any research conducted in your state supported by the agency(ies)?
  • What are some of the major discoveries that were supported through that agency(ies)?
  • How does the research funded by the agency(ies) benefit Americans?
  • How does the agency(ies) get the funds to distribute to the researchers?
  • What is the process by which researchers obtain funds through the agency(ies)?
  • What fiscal challenges does this agency(ies) face in the future?

Submission Criteria

  • Must describe at least one of the five listed agencies.
  • Must address at least three of the listed “questions to consider”.
  • Must be appropriate for a non-technical audience.
  • Must be between one and four minutes.
  • Videos can be any genre (for example, but not limited to, an interview, a music video, a dance video, an animated video).
  • Files must be in one of the following formats: .wmv, .flv, .zip, .mp3. Videos must be 95MB or less.
Entries that do not meet the submission criteria will be disqualified!

Judging Criteria

  • Adherence to theme (50%)
  • Creativity/Originality (20%)
  • Clarity (20%)
  • Production quality (10%)

Judging Rubric


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