Last fall, the University of Georgia Libraries and the Office of Research sponsored the first Capturing Science contest.
UGA students were invited to communicate science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, concepts using any media or genre. More than 70 submissions were received covering STEM concepts from a variety of disciplines. The submissions included paintings, textile art, music videos, animated tutorials, podcasts, children’s books, programs, events and other media.
Entries were evaluated by the judges for clarity of expression, creativity and appeal to a broad audience. The judges were Carla Buss, Andrew Johnson, Amy Watts and Elizabeth White.
The winners of the Capturing Science contest have been chosen.
In the graduate category, the first-place winner Megan Prescott received $500 for her submission “Designing Science-Fashion Content.” Katlin Shae won second place and $250 for her art exhibition entry The Woven Quantum, and Zachery Jarrell’s animated video tutorial “A SA-Ve on Efficiency: Surface Area to Volume Ratio Explained” was awarded the third-place prize of $100.
In the undergraduate category, Sara Sturges received $500 for her video submission “Earth Systems.” Camille Watson was awarded $250 and second-place honors for her short story “Mitosis Melodrama.” Mariah Manoylov’s narrative poem and spoken word video, “To Earth, From Mr. Brontosaurus,” was selected for the third-place award of $100. Nathan Trivers received an honorable mention in the undergraduate category for his musical composition “Tree of Life.”
Visit http://guides.libs.uga.edu/capturingscience to view the winning entries along with commentaries explaining why the judges believe they capture the spirit of the contest, and view all submissions, which can be browsed by subject and media/genre.
“I want to extend my thanks to the many people who helped make this contest a success: UGA Libraries administration and the Office of Research for their financial support; Ian Thomas and Diane Trap, who helped with fundraising and graphics, respectively; and Amy Ware and Terry Hastings at the Office of Research for their promotional advice,” said Chandler Christoffel, instruction and research librarian for the UGA science library.