Graduate students spend years researching sometimes obscure topics, writing page after page of text, and then bundling it into a huge dissertation before they can receive a Ph.D. And then someone asks them to express all that work and discovery in dance.
Science has asked that three times now, and they got 45 brave scientists to enter their "Dance Your Ph.D." contest this year. The finalists in the four categories of biology, chemistry, physics, and social sciences were announced last week. The winner will be announced next month at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York along with a reader's choice award. Watch the videos below and then vote for your favorite.
Chemistry: Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment
Physics: Directed transport without net bias in physics and biology
Biology: The influence of previous experiences on visual awareness
Social Sciences: The negotiation of contributions to public wikis
Runners up can be watched at Science NOW. Which is your favorite?