Requirements, Criteria, and Award Information

Applications Open: 29 June 2017
Application Deadline: 31 August 2017, 11:59PM EDT
Winners Announced: Late September


Application Requirements

The competition is open to students in the Earth and space sciences who are legal U.S. residents and enrolled full-time in either 2- or 4-year undergraduate or graduate institutions. Individual and team (up to three people) submissions are acceptable. If submitting as a team, the team must identify a project lead, who is also responsible for submitting the proposal. Previous grand prize winners are not eligible to apply.

All submissions are required to submit:

  • Project lead’s academic transcript as proof of current student enrollment.
  • One-to-two paragraph statement of purpose describing the data used and what the scientific potential is for that data.
  • Description of data set used, and for any non-NASA data sets, details on authorization of use.
  • Proposed story and visualization for a ten minutes or less presentation.
    • Images and planned visualizations drafted in storyboard format including narration that goes along with image and details on how the visualization should work. This should be static images with supporting text. See this “How To” guide for more information and guidance on what a Hyperwall presentation can look like.
    • Students are encouraged to submit up to three MP4 files of a short 1-to-3 minute building block/sample of visualization, but video uploads are not required.
  • Playlist of media files (including supporting links).

Evaluation Criteria

This contest is focused on innovation and creativity in presenting data in new ways, not on the scientific problem or specific solution to the problem. The 2017 contest is open to scientific data visualizations pertaining to the Earth, solar system, and universe.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The creativity of the presentation and the applicant’s ability to present data and complex problems
  • Perceived level of impact and engagement the planned presentation incites in audience
  • Organization and conceivability of proposed presentation of data

Winning Submissions

The review committee will select five Grand Prize Winners and five Runner-up Winners for the competition. If a team is selected as a winner, the team will choose how to divide up the travel grant and travel stipend, and only the project lead will receive the complimentary AGU Fall Meeting registration.

  • 12 total winners to be awarded
    • 6 Grand Prize Winners will receive the following:
      • $2500 travel grant to attend the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting
      • $2500 travel grant to attend an Earth and space science meeting in 2018
      • Complimentary registration to the AGU Fall Meeting
      • Opportunity to “tell their story” via NASA Hyperwall at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting and other scientific meetings featuring the NASA Hyperwall
        • Decision to approve opportunity at other meetings is made by NASA
    • 6 Runner-up Winners will receive the following:
      • $1000 travel grant to attend the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting
      • Complimentary registration to the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

Financial travel grant prizes will be awarded to qualifying participants.

  • Selected winner will be required to submit a planned itinerary of travel for each portion of travel award, noting prospective dates of travel.
  • Award funds will be disbursed after each confirmation of attendance. Recipients must submit to AGU receipts of conference attendance.
  • Funds will be dispersed to recipient via electronic payment by AGU.

Congratulations to last year’s winners!

Grand Prize:

  • Allison Daniel – University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • Kaytan Kelkar – Texas A&M University
  • Matthew Ross – Duke University
  • Mejs Hasan – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Sara Lubkin – Northern Virginia Community College

Runner-Up:

  • Akshay Mehra – Princeton University
  • John Granholm – Appalachian State University
  • Lana Narine – Texas A&M University
  • Meredith Goebel – Stanford University
  • Sophie Goliber – University at Buffalo, SUNY