AGU Data Visualization-Storytelling-Competition Award

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AGU Data Visualization-Storytelling-Competition Award

American Geophysical Union is pleased to announce Visualization-Storytelling-Competition Award. The competition is open to all full-time 2 and 4-year undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and enroll in any institute in the United States.

In recognition of NASA’s 60th anniversary, the 2018 contest is open to scientific data visualizations pertaining to the Earth, solar system, and the universe. This contest is focused on innovation and creativity in presenting data in new ways, not on the scientific problem or specific solution to the problem.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Individual and team (up to three people) submissions are acceptable.
  • Students in the Earth and space sciences who are:
    • Legal U.S. residents and
    • Enrolled full-time in either 2- or 4-year undergraduate or graduate institutions in the United States.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants need to do register through the given


  • Individual and team (up to three people) submissions are acceptable.
  • If submitting as a team, the team must identify a project lead, who is also responsible for submitting the proposal.
  • Previous grand prize winners are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants have limited one proposal per year and may not resubmit a specific presentation proposal more than once.

Submission Requirements:

  • Project lead’s academic transcript as proof of current student enrollment.
  • One-to-two paragraph statement of purpose describing the data used and what the scientific potential is for that data.
  • Description of the dataset used, and for any non-NASA data sets, details on the authorization of use.
  • Proposed story and visualization for ten minutes or less presentation.
    • Images and planned visualizations drafted in storyboard format including narration that goes along with image and details on how the visualization should work. This should be static images with supporting text. See this “How To” guide for more information and guidance on what a Hyper wall presentation can look like.
    • Students are encouraged to submit up to three MP4 files of a short 1-to-3 minute building block/sample of visualization, but video uploads are not required.


14 total winners to be awarded as the following:

  • 7 Grand Prize Winners will receive the following:
    • $2500 travel grant to attend the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting
    • $2500 travel grant to attend an Earth and space science meeting in 2019
    • Complimentary registration to the AGU Fall Meeting
    • Opportunity to “tell their story” via NASA Hyperwall at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting and other scientific meetings featuring the NASA Hyperwall
    • The decision to approve opportunity at other meetings is made by NASA
  • 7 Runner-up Winners will receive the following:
    • $1000 travel grant to attend the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting
    • Complimentary registration to the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is August 31, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT

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