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NSF STEM DIVE Challenge - FAQs




STEM Dive Home Entry Requirements Participants' Guide Rules and Eligibility Judging Submission Info


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How do I demonstrate impact within the criteria of social media?
A: In the case of social media the following numbers should be indicated: views, readers, citations, subscribers, retweets or shares, and public responses.

Q: Do I have to be a scientist, engineer or researcher to participate?
A: Yes. The contest is open to any PI or Co-PI of a project that is currently funded or an expired NSF grant.

Q: What can I submit? What kind of things would be appropriate?
A: Please review the "Eligibility Criteria" and "Rules" pages for specific information. We encourage you to be creative and submit your entry!

Q: What characterizes a winning entry?
A: Entries are scored based on visual impact, effective communication and originality. Winning entries should also include answers to the entry form questions. See the "Judging Criteria" and “Content Criteria” pages for more information.

Q: Do I have to have an active NSF grant to submit an entry?
A: No. You do have to be (or have been) NSF-funded to submit an entry.

Q: Can I submit an entry if I am not a U.S. citizen?
A: Yes. All team members must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.

Q: Is PowerPoint OK?
A: No. PowerPoint decreases image quality and is primarily used for presentation purposes.

Q: Do works need to be submitted in English?
A: Yes. However, videos narrated in a foreign language are acceptable if English subtitles are included.

Q: What are the file type restrictions for my entry?
A: Files should be in an MP4 format.

Q: Who are the Expert Judges?
A: The Expert Judges are STEM researchers, educators and other professionals at NSF who can provide comment on both the scientific and visual merits of the submissions.

Q: Do you provide judges’ feedback on entries?
A: Due to the anticipated volume of entries received, we cannot provide feedback on individual entries.