Enter to win (fame and fortune): “We are Mathematics” video competition

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Have you received NSF support for your research or worked on an NSF-supported project?

Are you enthusiastic about making videos?

Do you yearn to explain your mathematics to a broader audience?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites you to submit a short video (up to 3 minutes) showcasing your NSF-funded work in the mathematical sciences in a way that is exciting and accessible to a broad audience. The portal for submission is open and will close at 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2019.

Anyone whose work in the mathematical sciences has been or is currently supported by NSF (and is 18 or older) can enter, including

  • principal investigators (PIs),
  • co-PIs,
  • Graduate Research Fellows,
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellows,
  • REU site coordinators, REU students,
  • trainees in an NSF-funded traineeship program,
  • scholars in an NSF-funded scholarship program.

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams at the following levels (each comes with a $3000 prize):

  • Level 1: K-12 or Undergraduate
  • Level 2: Graduate
  • Level 3: Postdoctoral or Early Career
  • Level 4: Mid or Advanced Career

Videos will be evaluated by a panel of judges, based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity (20%)
  2. Clarity and accuracy of mathematical concepts and ideas (20%)
  3. Communicating mathematics in an accessible and exciting way (40%)
  4. Artistic and technical quality (20%)

Winners will be featured at the 2019 National Math Festival. This is a free and public celebration held in Washington, D.C. each odd-numbered spring. In 2017, over 20,000 math lovers participated!

For more information or to register and submit an entry, visit the competition website.




About Karen Saxe

Karen Saxe is Director of the AMS Office of Government Relations which works to connect the mathematics community with Washington decision-makers who affect mathematics research and education. Over many years she has contributed much time to the AMS, MAA, and AWM, including service as vice president of the MAA and in policy and advocacy work with all three. She was the 2013-2014 AMS Congressional Fellow, working for Senator Al Franken on education issues, with focus on higher education and STEM education. In Minnesota she has served on the Citizens Redistricting Commission following the 2010 census and serves on the Common Cause Minnesota Redistricting Leadership Circle. She has three children and, when not at work especially enjoys being with them and reading, hiking and sharing good food and wine and beer with family and friends.
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