Can you bring molecular biology to life?

Enter a submission for our Student Science Animation award for a chance to see your work appear as part of the Molecular Biology: Principles of Genome Function teaching and learning package—and win a prize of $1500.

The award:
Some of the central concepts of molecular biology relate to intricate molecular processes—processes that are best communicated visually. And arguably one of the best ways to demonstrate understanding of such concepts as a student is to explain them to one of your peers.

Our Student Animator award is looking to recognize those students who can combine a passion for science with a passion for creativity and help their fellow students develop a better understanding of molecular biology.

The award winner will be invited to work with the authors of Molecular Biology: Principles of Genome Function (including Nobel Prize winner, Carol Greider, and three Members of the National Academy of Sciences, Nancy Craig, Rachel Green, and Gisela Storz) to produce around 15 animations to accompany the new edition of their book. They will also receive a prize of $1500, and will be credited as author of the animations, both in the book and on the accompanying web site.

How to enter:
Entrants should prepare a short (<2 min) animation designed to help an undergraduate taking a molecular biology course understand the process of transcription. The animation should include an appropriate commentary to describe the process being illustrated according to this script.

The design used for the animation should complement that used in the print book. Please refer to these figures, which are used to illustrate the process of transcription in the print book, to inform the style you adopt.

Deadline: The closing date for submissions is 12 noon on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Your submission should be prepared in .mp4 format. (Please contact us if the production of an .mp4 is likely to be problematic.) When ready to submit, send your animation file(s) via, to Jonathan Crowe at

The winning submission will be selected by a panel comprising the authors of Molecular Biology: Principles of Genome Function and their publisher; the winner will be notified by Friday, March 1, 2013. The panel’s decision is final.

Eligibility: Each entrant must be currently enrolled as a senior undergraduate or graduate student at a higher education institution in the United States, and each submission must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty member confirming this enrolment. A single institution may enter submissions from multiple students.


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