Video competition

The 2021 Video Competition winners will be announced in the first week of February 2022. Check back soon!

Watch the 2020 Video Competition 1st place winner

View all 2020 video competition winners

Check out the 2020 winning videos, featuring a skeleton applying to college to Professor Know It All offering advice and much more.

View all 2019 video competition winners

The 2019 winning videos showcase student creativity with stunning scenic nature shots and clever animations.

2021 competition details & guidelines


Open to all current full-time undergraduate and graduate students with majors in the College of Science. Open to individuals and teams.

Choose a Theme

  • Live a Life of Discovery
  • The Science of Everyday Life
  • Making Science Simple; the Importance of Science Communication
  • Breaking Barriers: Diversity in Science
  • Science Saves the World

Deadlines - extended registration

  • The extended registration deadline is Monday, November 29, 2021
  • The video submission deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Reward: Fame - and prize money

Video judging

Students enrolled across all sections of SCI 110 serve as judges for the competition. This viewing and ranking of videos will serve as the final exam for all sections of SCI 110. This year the viewing and ranking of videos will occur via Zoom.

Final Exam dates and times (Required for all sections of SCI 110, students view and rank submitted videos)

Zoom meeting details for the two viewing sessions will be provided to you nearer to the event.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. for SCI 110 sections 1003, 1005, 1009, 1010, 1011 and 1012.
  • Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for SCI 110 sections 1001, 1002, 1004, and 1008.


Students can participate as teams, but the monetary prize for the three winning videos will be disbursed to the student identified as the for the team.

Watch Parties: Students will be encouraged to enjoy the virtual video viewing in Covid-safe groups and to share pictures and videos of their watch parties.  Watch party pictures and videos will be shared with students during the two viewing and ranking sessions and a gift card valued at $100 will be awarded to the most engaged watch party to fund the purchase of food for a small-group student party.  More details about the submission process for watch party pictures and videos will be made available soon.

  • 1st Place: $400
  • 2nd Place: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200
  • Most engaged watch party: $100 gift card to fund a small-group student party

Video Format:

Visit the Nevada Science Youtube channel to view previous video submissions.

  • No more than 2 minutes long (including title and credits, if applicable).
  • Must have a title and include at least one clear visual or audio mention of the College of Science and/or Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.
  • Must be suitable for use as promotional material for the College of Science (no profanity, violence, defamatory statements, nudity; no invading the privacy rights of any person or entity).
  • No copyrighted material may be used, including footage, stills, animation, and music.
  • A video captions file (.srt) submitted along with your video is preferred.
  • Must be submitted on labeled USB as a.MOV, or .MP4 file. The USB will be returned to you.
  • 1920x1080 pixel ratio preferred

Video Equipment Rentals

You can rent and use a wide variety of video equipment and editing software (and learn how to use it) at the Knowledge Center's @One. Video shot on a smart phone welcome.

Judging Criteria:

  • Audience appeal
  • Creativity
  • Depiction of the chosen theme
  • Adherence to the rules

Contact Associate Dean Melanie Duckworth with any questions about the competition,