The Face of U.Va. Research to be Unveiled Through Student Video Contest

March 31, 2009 — The Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia is unveiling the face of research across Grounds with a student video contest.

Students are submitting videos of their favorite faculty researchers at work to demonstrate the impact of U.Va. research, in its many forms, on the University, the Charlottesville community and the world.

Prizes include a $300 research stipend or gift certificate to the U.Va. Bookstore or Cavalier Computers. The first 10 entrants will receive $20 coffee cards. Prizes will be given for best overall, most creative and funniest videos.

The contest is open to all U.Va. students, and the deadline for submissions is April 6. Videos must be original and un-copyrighted, focusing on faculty research.

The videos should succinctly, creatively and engagingly demonstrate the real-world applications and implications of the research, including research equipment, collaborators and any unique research "twist."

One of the competition judges is Doug Garland, the vice president of product management at Google and a U.Va. graduate.

Multiple submissions are allowed and contestants must submit their videos by posting them to YouTube and emailing the links to with the subject line "video contest."

Need help making a video?

Clemons Library (main desk, fourth floor) will loan Flip cameras for a 24-hour period.

The Digital Media Lab (924-7286) offers video production training.

The Health Sciences Library will loan digital video cameras to Health System students and provide consultations on video production. (924-5521)

Any student who is not working with a researcher can get suggestions by e-mailing

— By Fariss Samarrai