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Powerful visuals can often evoke excitement and emotion, driving a deeper level of engagement with the audience and subject matter being presented. The AGU Michael H. Freilich Student Visualization Competition Program provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate creative ways to use visualization to present complex problems in the Earth and space sciences as well as transdisciplinary sciences.
The competition is open to individual and teams of undergraduate and graduate students who are legal U.S. residents. This program recognizes the years of support and dedication Michael H. Freilich, former Director of the NASA Earth Science Division, provided students in the Earth and space science community.
Winners receive travel grants funded by AGU, complimentary registration to the AGU Fall Meeting, and the opportunity to present their visually-based story on the NASA Hyperwall. This competition is funded by a NASA grant.
The competition is open to students who are legal U.S. residents and enrolled full-time in two- or four-year undergraduate or graduate institutions in the U.S. Previous grand prize winners of the Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition are not eligible to apply. Individual submissions in the Earth and space sciences as well as team submissions in convergent science are acceptable. Co-authors can be recognized in both individual and team submissions. Team submissions should be comprised of at least two people and no more than five contributors. If submitting as a team, the team must identify a project lead, who is also responsible for submitting the proposal. proposal and identify how award funds will be distributed between team members. All members of the team must be students and at least one team member should be formally enrolled in a degree program in one of the following fields: social, behavioral, or economic sciences; computer and informational science and engineering; education and human resources. Applicants are limited one proposal per year and may not resubmit a specific presentation proposal more than once.
Applications must contain the following information and applicants should review the Hyperwall How-to Guide for tips.
The competition is focused on innovation and creativity in presenting data in new ways, rather than the scientific problem or specific solution to the problem.
Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
The creativity of the presentation and the applicant’s ability to present data and complex problems.
The perceived level of impact and engagement the planned presentation incites in audience.
The organization and conceivability of the proposed presentation of data.
For team submissions, contributing participants must demonstrate collaboration in data sharing.
The review committee will select a total of 16 winners, eight grand prize winners and eight runners-up, for the competition. Grant prize winners will be provided professional development opportunities for a duration of three years. If a team is selected as a winner, the team lead will designate how to divide the grant funds. Complimentary AGU Fall Meeting registration will only be awarded to the team lead.
Grand prize winners will receive the following:
$3000 grant to attend the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting online
One complimentary registration to the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting, including registration to the Student and Early Career Scientist Conference
Opportunity to virtually present on the NASA Hyperwall at the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting online and potentially other scientific meetings featuring the NASA Hyperwall (decision regarding presentation at other meetings is made by NASA)
Up to $3,000 to participate in one additional professional development or community outreach opportunity
Runners-up will receive the following:
$1000 grant to attend the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting online
Opportunity to receive mentorship through Mentoring365 and network with other Earth and space scientists
Financial grant prizes will be awarded to qualifying participants.
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.
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