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April 22, 2009

Sigma Xi Announces Student Short Science Film Competition on Energy

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC In conjunction with a year-long focus on the energy crisis, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is sponsoring a competition for three-minute student films on aspects of this critical issue. The postmark deadline for entries is September 18, 2009.

Undergraduate and graduate students, either individually or in teams, are invited to submit a film that addresses the science, engineering, policy and/or ethics of energy. This can include development and implementation of renewable energy, fuel efficiency technologies or other topics in applied energy.

Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded for the top three films. There is no entry fee. Entrants need not be Sigma Xi members. Winning films will be screened at the 2009 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference next November 12-15 in Houston, Tex.

Films will be evaluated for the quality of their production and for the accuracy and depth of the scientific ideas they present. They must be well made, educational and informative, and they must be rooted in science.

Finally, they must address some aspect of energy production/conversion, consumption or distribution, in the context of the world energy crisis and the need for sustainable energy technologies.

Entries may be scripted or candid, fictionalizations, live video or animation or any combination of these, but must communicate scientific ideas in a manner that the general public can understand. All submissions must be in a DVD format.

Click here for the complete competition guidelines. If you plan to submit a film, please notify us of your intent to do so by August 18, 2009 by sending an e-mail to energy@sigmaxi.org.

Send entries by September 18, 2009 (postmark deadline) to:

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Attn: Director of Marketing and Communications
3106 East NC Highway 54
P.O. Box 13975
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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