As most of you know, WSU has been an active member of The Science Coalition – from my serving as the President, Chris Keane participating in Research Roundtables and highlighting our students and their work and technology transfer which has spun out of federal research funding.  We have had some great opportunities to highlight WSU and to also highlight the support of our congressional delegation through having them speak to the group and nominating both Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell as “champions of science.”   The purpose of TSC is to highlight the importance and ROI of the investment in federal research – they do not do advocacy work – but the work they do support the advocacy work the individual institutions do.  We have had some great opportunities to highlight WSU, our students and the support of our Congressional delegation around federal research funding.


We have another opportunity for our students to engage and I wanted to make sure to share this with you because it’s not only a great opportunity to highlight the federally funded research our graduate and undergraduate students are doing, but it is also a competition for students, with cash prizes.


The Science Coalition (TSC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of more than 50 research universities, is hosting a video challenge for students to tell their stories.


The Challenge is to create a 60 – 90 second video detailing why scientific research matters for our future.  Videos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 21, 2019


Students should include the following elements in their video:


  • Who you are, and the institution/university at which you study/work.
  • Insert your example of interesting research and how it benefits the world now and/or could benefit the world in the future. The example can be from your own research or others’ research.
  • Explain why continued federal support for fundamental research is critical to our nation’s future. In other words, why should Congress “Fund it Forward?”
  • (Optional, but strongly recommended) Acknowledge the funding sponsor(s) for the research. Ask your PI or professor if you don’t know! See the FAQ section for more information.


Students who are currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who are affiliated with TSC member institutions are eligible to participate in the challenge. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to participate as individuals or in teams. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participants must self-certify their eligibility as part of the online submission.


Graduate student and undergraduate student entries will be judged in two separate tracks. Finalists and winners will be selected from each track independently of the other track.




Seven cash prizes will be awarded and winning videos will be featured on TSC’s website and social media.


Graduate Students

First Place: $1,000

Second Place: $750

Third Place: $500


Undergraduate Students

First Place: $1,000

Second Place: $750

Third Place: $500


People’s Choice Award (Open to Graduates and Undergraduates)



If you have students who are interested please have them reach out to myself or Geeta Dutta and we can help them message around the importance of federal funding to their research. 


In addition, if there are individuals we have not included which we should include in this opportunity, please share the email or let me know!


I hope you will share this with your students as it’s pretty cool opportunity to highlight their work and also provide an opportunity for them to win some cash, which as I recall from being a student, was always welcome.


I’ve attached the participants guide, which outlines the requirements for the videos and the deadlines for participating.


I am also happy to answer any questions or find the answer you or your students may have about this opportunity.


Thanks for sharing this with your students and Go Cougs!




Glynda A. Becker-Fenter

Assistant Vice President for Federal Engagement & Advocacy

Executive Director WSU DC

Washington State University

444 North Capitol Street, Suite 536

Washington, DC  20001

Direct:   202-434-4866

Cell:        202-340-5844