5-Minute Science Fair

The 5-Minute Science Fair competition is an online global “science fair”. The competition invites international researchers, across numerous disciplines and fields, to participate by submitting short (5 minutes max.) narrated video presentations about their research. The 5-Minute Science Fair is not designed to trivialize or “dumb-down” research, but rather encourage researchers to consolidate their ideas, crystalize their research discoveries, and share those broadly with the world.

Past Science Fairs

Click here to see the winners of the 2015 Science Fair.


Our current partners for the 2015 5-Minute Science Fair are...

Diamond Sponsor ($5000 or more for Science Fair prizes)

Platinum Sponsors ($500 or more for Science Fair prizes)


Gold Partners (in-kind assistance)

Wits    GWU

If your organization is interested in being a partner for the 5-Minute Science Fair please contact us at [email protected].  A variety of partnership opportunities are available, including sponsorship of discipline specific prizes.

In 2015 our science fair prizes included...

 "Best in Fair" Prizes: 

 "Social Media" Prizes: 

 Thinkable Prizes:  

Our friends @ Thinkable.org are offering an Innovation Award of up to $5000 for researchers (from any field) to submit their innovative research ideas in 3-minute videos. Members of the Thinkable community will then vote on their favorite ideas.  Best of all, you can submit your video to the 5-Minute Science Fair as well.

 "Discipline or Topic Specific" Prizes: 

  • $500 for most Facebook Likes to attend an approved cybersecurity conference, and 1 hour of mentoring with cybersecurity expert
  • $500 for most Tweets to to attend an approved cybersecurity conference, and 1 hour of mentoring with cybersecurity expert
  • Most combined Facebook Likes and Tweets in category wins 1 FREE SEAT in a cybersecurity professional development course (class, date, and location TBD)
  • Sponsored by the National CyberWatch Center 
  • See details below on how Facebook Likes and Tweets will be counted
  • To be eligible for prizes you must complete the entry form at the bottom of this page

Symbolic Interaction (see Sociology)

  • $500 for first prize and $250 for second prize
  • Prizes will be awarded for videos reporting on sociological work inspired by the symbolic interactionist perspective, broadly defined, on society, social organization, and social life
  • A panel of experts will judge all entries in this category
  • Sponsored by Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Your Discipline?
  • Please check back to see if your discipline or research area is sponsored

Judging Criteria

Presentation – Did the video clearly and concisely describe the research methods, findings, and applications?  [20%]

Comprehension -- Did the video help the viewers understand the research (including the methods, findings, and applications)? [30%]

Innovation – Does the research help to significantly advance the discipline (e.g., technically, theoretically, methodologically)? [20%]

Application – Does the research have practical applications (e.g., for society, for business, for other disciplines, for other researchers)? [30%]

The Facebook Likes prize is based on the total number of “likes” for the video entry on Facebook as shown to the right of the video when it is being played on www.WeShareScience.com as of June 1, 2015. 

The Tweets prize is based on the total number of Tweets on Twitter with the URL for the entry video (for example, http://wesharescience.com/pin/415) as of June 1, 2015 and counted by JoydeepDeb (which includes "retweets" by friends). 


1. Video abstracts are limited to a maximum of 5 minutes. Submissions exceeding 5 minutes are automatically disqualified (with a 15 second grace period for turning on and off the recorder).

2. All submissions must be pinned to www.WeShareScience.com and have a completed entry form (below) by June 1, 2015. Submission of an entry indicates that the entrant(s) have reviewed and agree to abide the rules of the science fair.

3. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs). Videos must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous. Videos must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual, or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

4. All decisions of the review panel are final. 

5. You can submit multiple entries and all entries, regardless of discipline or topic, are considered in the "Best in Fair" competition.  Only entries that indicate a specific discipline or topic area in the Entry Form will be eligible for prizes in those areas.  Entries may win more than one prize in total, but not more than one prize in the "Best of Fair" or any specific discipline or topic.

6. All winning entries will be required to provide documentation validating the authenticity of the research. Winners are responsible for all taxes or other fees connected with the prize received. Prize money will be awarded to the team leaders of the winning entries.  Any sharing or redistribution of the prize money will be at the discretion of the team leader.

7. Each entrant (individual or team) certifies, through the submission of a video to the contest, that the entry is his/her own original creative work and does not violate or infringe on the creative work of others, as protected under U.S. copyright law. Upon submission of materials, entrants agree that no further permission is required to publically share their entry associated with their name and other data collected as part of the submission process.

8. Agree to license their video submission under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), which can be done in the settings at YouTube.com (how to). Information regarding the terms of this Creative Commons license is available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode

9. By entering the contest, the entrant agrees to hold harmless WeShareScience and its partners for all legal and administrative claims, to include associated expenses that may arise from any claims related to his or her submission or its use. All contestants agree that they, their heirs, and estates shall hold harmless WeShareScience and its partner organizations for any and all injuries and/or claims arising from participation in this contest.

10. WeShareScience and its partners reserve the right to use entrants’ and winners’ names and entries for educational, publicity, and/or promotional purposes, including the exhibition of winning entries on its website and elsewhere.  It is understood that the entries will be shared with reporters covering these awards and for promotion of the contest itself.

11. WeShareScience reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest prior to announcing winners.