Win prizes for sharing your research with the world

January 14, 2015 Ryan Watkins

You can now enter your completed or in-progress research in the 5-Minute Science Fair for 2015.   The Science Fair is an opportunity to share your research with the world, and potentially win prizes. For 2015 there will be over $10k in prizes awarded for videos that summarize research in varied disciplines. Currently, discipline-specific prizes are in the fields of cyber-security, sociology, and gender-based violence; and more prizes should be announced soon. There are also Best-of-Fair prizes, which can go to research in any discipline or field.shutterstock_79429900_253789708_253789709_256224451.jpg

The 5-Minute Science Fair is hosted by WeShareScience to promote the global sharing of scientific research through short video abstracts. Videos, up to 5 minutes long, can be entered by anyone conducting social or physical science research. In 2014, winners included a high school student, a non-profit organization, and a university professor. A video abstract about your research should not ‘dumb it down’. Rather, it should describe your research in a way that helps a diverse international audience understand the value of your work.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Albert Einstein

To support the 2015 Science Fair, WeShareScience has added several new features. WeShareScience aggregates videos from many disciplines, and you can now add tags to submitted videos. Tags give users more tools for searching, finding, and sharing videos on related topics. There is also a new Advanced Search tool. Videos can now be transcribed (at no cost), giving users the power to search within the content of your video (a service provided by Lastly, WeShareScience is teaming up with to link your research abstract with their innovative tools for crowdfunding research. If you choose, you can use to bolster financial support for your research.

Published and unpublished research can be entered into the Science Fair, and all intellectual property rights remain with you, the researcher. Learn more about the Science Fair here.

Below is last year's Grand Prize winner Karen McDonnell, Project VOCES: Listening and Learning from the Community.


Looking forward to your entry.

Image Credit/Source:Andy Dean Photography/Shutterstock

About the Author

Associate Professor, George Washington University // Ryan Watkins, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the George Washington University in Washington DC. His teaching and research focus on needs assessment, instructional design, international education, and organizational learning. He is an author of eight books, including A Guide to Assessing Needs, published by the World Bank in 2012 and available for free online as part of their open knowledge initiative (see He is also an author of the world's top-selling book on e-learning, the E-learning Companion: A student's guide to online success, along with more than 95 articles and chapters. In 2005 Ryan was a visiting scientist with the National Science Foundation, and he routinely works with the World Bank on applying needs assessments and knowledge exchanges in international programs. He can be reached at or

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