Learning science essentially means learning another language. The technical language that's needed to explain things on a higher level is lost on the general population, which can make it difficult for scientists to explain why their work is important.
In order to help Ph.D. students become better at communicating their work simply, the American Association For The Advancement Of Science (AAAS) created the "Dance Your Ph.D." contest seven years ago. Entries are divided into four categories: biology, physics, chemistry, and social science, and are judged based on artistic ability, as well as conveying the nature of their research.
The winner for each category collected a $500 prize and the overall winner will travel to Stanford University to speak about their research in addition to a $1000 prize.
There were 32 entries in the contest this year, but these four topped the rest:
The Biology award was given to "Cellular interactions with tropoelastin" by Ph.D. student Pearl Lee of University of Sydney, Australia.
The winner for Physics is "Exploring multi-photon states for quantum information applications" by Ph.D. student Merritt Moore from University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
The winner of both the Chemistry prize and Audience Favorite is "Molecular mechanisms involved in neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation" by Ph.D. student Jyaysi Desai from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.
The overall winner was the Social Sciences submission, "Do policy networks matter to explain policy design?" by Ph.D. student Florence Metz from University of Bern, Switzerland.
Congratulations to all of the winners this year!
Which dance was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!