Research Rockstars Video Contest Requirements

  • Make a 3-minute YouTube video featuring and explaining your research appropriate for a wider audience.  Your video cannot be longer than 3 minutes!
  • Upload video on YouTube so it is publically viewable.  If you don't click Publish, your video won’t be viewable by other people.  Include a title (up to 100 characters) and description (up to 5000 characters) when you upload your video on YouTube.
  • Along with your video, submit a 200-word maximum description of the project and/or experimental method as well as the larger context of the project. This description should also be appropriate for a wider audience.  Please try to avoid discipline-specific jargon in your description.
  • The student entering the contest must conceptualize, direct, and narrate; editing and technical assistance is allowed.
  • The video should include some glimpses featuring the student performing their research.
  • The video should include an audio narration outlining the background and description. Overall creativity is encouraged in the communication style.
  • Once uploaded on YouTube, the link and 200-word description should be submitted in the application form here.  
  • If you show research in a lab, you MUST be wearing proper PPE and have permission of the lab PI.  If you don’t, UC Davis websites cannot post it.
  • If you use music in your video, you MUST use royalty-free music!  If you don’t, your video will be booted from YouTube and UC Davis websites cannot post it.
  • Take ownership of your research, but make sure to give proper acknowledgements to facilities, faculty, staff, lab-mates, friends and family that are in your video or involved with your research, when appropriate.
  • Make sure to include that your research was performed at UC Davis.  You are also encouraged to include your name and major.
  • If you wish to participate in the contest as a group of undergraduate students from a research team/lab, you are most welcome to do so. However, there should be only one leading researcher who should conceptualize and direct the video. Also, he/she should be the person entering the contest as the applicant on the submission form and be submitting one video on behalf of the group in the application. (If the applicant is declared a winner, he/she is most welcome to share the cash award with the team members!