Video Research Awards.

The Video Research Awards is a video and presentation competition for undergraduate research students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In the first round, students will create two-minute videos summarizing their research, which will then be judged by a panel and UAB students. Three will be chosen by a panel and three more will be chosen by a voting process, then these six projects will move to the final round where students will give six-minute research presentations to an audience and panel.

Why should students enter?

Students participating in undergraduate research need to be able to communicate effectively about their work, even as they move on from UAB and head out into their careers. Our office hopes to help UAB students present their ideas and to tell their stories to people in their respective fields and elsewhere.

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third price: $500

Why videos?

Short videos are great communication style in today's world of social media, and short presentations are similar to a TED talk. Both of these styles are great for telling what students have researched and why it matters, without overwhelming the audience.

Who can enter?

The VRAs are open to any UAB undergraduate student involved in research in any major, not just hard sciences. Individual projects or projects students have completed with professors or inside labs can all participate.

Students who want to enter a group project checklist:

  • Ensure everyone involved with your project agrees to enter the competition.
  • Members of each group can be involved with making the video. However, ONE student should serve as the main speaker in the video, (the "student research communicator"). If the video is selected as a finalist, this student will go on to give the in-person presentation.
  • Before entering, students must agree on how the award money will be divided among members of the group.

What are the 2020 deadlines?

  • February 19: Video Submissions open (Submission here)
  • April 13: Submissions close and voting begins (Vote here)
  • April 17: Online Voting ends and first-round winners announced
  • April 23: Final Presentations at Spring Expo


Currently enrolled undergraduate students involved in research projects at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are encouraged to submit their entries to the Video Research Awards via Google Form.

Research students are responsible for the creation of their videos and making them easily available to the public via YouTube, then will send us the link through our online submission form.

Students should be sure their videos are no longer than two minutes long.

There are no restrictions to the format - participants can talk directly to the camera, discuss their work with another person, or even use graphics and animations to make the video visually appealing.

Applicants should keep in mind, the goal is to make a general audience understand what you did in your research, and why it matters.

Judges for this competition should consider these characteristics when rating videos:

  • The hook: Does the student get the audience's attention and make them want to learn more?
  • The narrative: Does the student tell a story of their methods, or where they are going as a researcher?
  • Merit and quality: Do the research methods suggest rigorous or creative work?
  • Accessibility: Is the student targeting a general audience, and not an expert.

Submissions for the Spring 2020 Video Research Awards will be open on February 19.

We encourage students interested in participating in the VRA's to attend our research workshops held throughout both Spring and Fall semesters.


The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts a series of workshops on many different topics to help students throughout the research presentation process. Attending these workshops is strongly encouraged. Learn more about our workshops.


First, we recommend you watch last year’s winners videos below. We also recommend watching video from undergraduate researchers at other universities (University of Texas Austin; University of Toronto). Below you will also find other resources that can help you throughout the process:


Undergraduate researchers will produce short videos to summarize their research projects. ALL current UAB students are encouraged to vote for their favorite research videos by April 12. The students of the top three winners by popular vote, along with the top three videos selected by a panel of judges will present their work to a live audience at a Video Research Awards final round on April 18 in The Alumni Theatre.

Voting for 2019 is closed. Winners are noted below.

  • Klotho and PSD-95-a science song

    Video by Molly Strickland

    Second Place

    Virtual Walking for Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

    Video by Monima Anam

    First Place

    Business in China

    Video by Kellan Hyde

    Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Photophysics

    Video by Karly Casey

    Third Place

  • Goering

    Video by Marlon Goering & Sufia Alam


    Video by Anna Jones & Sebastian Schormann
    3rd Place (tie)

    Kamal And Hijaz

    Video by Rubayet Kamal & Baraa Hijaz


    Video by Ryan Murphy
    2nd Place


    Video by Tate Pollock
    1st Place


    Video by Jasmin Revanna
    3rd Place (tie)


    Video by Rachel Rock


    Video by Tina Tian


    Video by Karen Wang

*Students can only vote ONCE.

*If you have trouble viewing the videos, please make sure your YouTube Restricted Mode is set to "Off."

Spring 2018 Expo Presentations