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THE DOWNLOAD: Students Seek Support for Research Funding (and Votes for Videos)

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on November 17, 2020 in University

2020 Student Video Challenge - Eliza Oldach, UC Davis

Three groups of students from UC Davis are competing in a nationwide video challenge that not only aims to highlight their own research, but to implore Congress to continue to fund research.

The competition, The Science Coalition’s Fund it Forward Student Video Challenge, asked students to talk about their research or someone else’s in a short video. Of the six finalists from the coalition’s more than 50 member institutions, half are from UC Davis.

Judges from the organization will award cash prizes to the creators of the top three videos, while viewers can vote for the People’s Choice Award, which comes with $500. Voting is open on The Science Coalition website through Monday (Nov. 23).

The finalists from UC Davis are:

  • Eliza Oldach, a graduate student with the Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute, who is researching how legislative policies influence the way people interact with nature. Watch her video above.
  • The graduate and undergraduate students of the Perinatal Origins of Disparities Center, which researches the ways health outcomes are affected by factors before children are born or while they’re growing up. Watch their video above.
  • Maddy Frey, an undergraduate documenting the various kinds of nemerteans, or ribbon worms, present at the Bodega Marine Reserve. These animals aren’t often studied and little is known about them, she said in her video, which can be seen above.

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