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Student Physical Chemistry Video Competition

Activity by Jim McQuillan   |   added on Dec 09, 2010   |   International Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division of IUPAC

Student Physical Chemistry Video Competition

On the occasion of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry, the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division (I) of IUPAC is pleased to announce a Student Physical Chemistry Video Competition. The goal of the competition is to clearly illustrate a physical chemistry principle in a manner that can enrich the teaching of physical chemistry.

The winner of the competition will be invited to attend the 43rd IUPAC Congress in Puerto Rico, USA (July 31-August 7, 2011) where a $1000 prize will be presented and the winning video screened. Merit prizes of $100 will go to 5 other students whose videos are chosen as finalists.

 Entry Guidelines

  • Entries (one per student) will be accepted in the period January 1 to  May 31, 2011 from students enrolled at a secondary school or tertiary institution on the closing date of entries.
  • The video of up to 2 minutes about a phenomenon, experiment, or project must explain a principle of physical chemistry in an imaginative way and be accessible to a general audience.
  • The video with English narration (or English subtitles) can combine interviews, screen shots, and views of a system in action. A good sense of humor is encouraged, but only submissions with serious physical chemistry content will be accepted. Novel ideas not based on a system in action are also encouraged.
  • Video entries can be in standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD). The video must contain original material and entries must not contain any copyrighted video, audio music, or characters.  
  • An entry form giving student personal details, educational institution, and teacher will be lodged at the time of video submission.

 Key Dates

  • Submission Period: January 1 – May 31, 2011
  • Decision Notification: June 30, 2011


A Video Competition Committee formed by the President of Division I will judge the entries.

 Reviewing criteria (from most to least-weighted):

  • Relevance to physical chemistry principles (research, instructional, and/or application)
  • Creation of interest, novelty, entertainment value, etc
  • Clarity and educational content.
  • Presentation

Submission Instructions

  • Videos should be submitted to Vimeo or YouTube with the URL and completed entry form sent to
  • The winning six entries will be required to send  the original masterfile in an appropriate format (e.g. avi, mkv, h264, wmv, mov) to and required to sign distribution license agreements.

Topic: competition, celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, physical chemistry Audience: secondary school students, students, graduate students
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