Lab tour video contest: $100 prize

What’s your lab like? What do you work on? What are you most excited about? Is your lab hiring? What are your lab traditions? Superstitions? How messy/clean is your lab? You can see a picture of me in my lab below about 5-6 years ago…the usual busy semi-clutter of a lab.

You can win $100 just by doing a video all about your lab!

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Make a short no more than 3 minute video of your lab (and by “lab” I mean any representation of it you want: the space, the people, the view from the window, cool images, etc.) and send it to me or post it on Twitter with the hashtag #labvideocontest.

The most compelling video maker wins a $100 gift card from me….and maybe I’ll throw in a free stem cell t-shirt and signed copies of my books, but we’ll see.

Plus, just by entering you get some free PR for your lab if you post the video on Twitter and I may post honorable mention videos. If more than one video is great, I’ll likely give out additional prizes.

The video doesn’t have to be funny, but that can be a plus. Including cool images in the video can be a plus. Telling lab stories is fun. Singing? Dancing? Science as a performance art? Use your imagination.


Anyone can enter from any country.

Anyone shown in the video has to be OK with being in the video.

By submitting the video you are consenting to it potentially being posted on this blog.

Your lab doesn’t have to be doing stem cell research, but that’s not discouraged either.

The video should, of course, not contain any confidential information or images (e.g. unpublished stuff you don’t want seen) from your lab. Any level scientist can enter the contest from students to techs to PIs but non-PIs should ask their PI first.

The deadline for submission is March 15.

Congrats to #stemcell image contest winner: Tina Zimmerman

I’ve been running a stem cell image contest here on the blog with the prize being $100. In the past I’ve done similar contests, but the response to this one was really impressive with 24 entries.

I also ran a stem cell video contest last year. The winning video, which is stem cell claymation and that you can find at that link, is downright hilarious.

My thanks to everyone who entered and shared their cool images of stem cells this year. As one entrant put it, stem cells are so pretty! I definitely agree. I made a montage (pasted at the bottom of the post) of all the entries.

So how to pick just one winner? It wasn’t easy.

Tina Zimmerman embryoid body

The winner is graduate student Tina Zimmerman, who submitted the above image of a differentiated embryoid body made from mouse embryonic stem cells. Tina is a student at University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany. She stained the cells for nestin (blue) and doublecortin (DCX; red), and the cells have a CAG-GFP reporter. We can see neural stem cells, neural precursors, and maybe some residual embryonic stem cells too or at least some GFP expression.

Here is the montage of all the entries.

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You’ve got to see these fun stem cell videos including contest winner

Zehner claymation stem cell video

For the last month I’ve been accepting entries to my blog’s stem cell video contest.

This video contest follows up on other fund and educational contests I’ve run with prizes including a stem cell essay contest. In addition I do an annual Stem Cell Person of the Year Award with a $1,000 prize, which I personally pay myself to the winner. These are all part of my way of giving back and promoting the stem cell field and good citizenship (read about my 2013 winner here). Stay tuned for our Stem Cell Person of the Year 2014 event, which will have a surprising new twist.

So how did our video contest turn out?

It has been a lot of fun.

We had numerous entries out of which I picked the top four to show below. It was an especially close call between the top two winners as to who would prevail.

Congrats to Robert Zehner who has won the grand $100 prize in the form of an Amazon gift card!

I found his claymation video (above in German with English subtitles) to be captivating and just downright fun. I love the outtakes/bloopers at the end too so stay tuned for those towards the last part of the video. Admittedly, his take on the stem cell world is extremely optimistic, but his enthusiasm is contagious.

CIRM’s Todd Dubnicoff and Kevin McCormack take second prize. They also provided a very well-done entry on using iPS cells to model ALS in a dish. Well done! Their video is above.

Third places goes to Bill Pfohl, who submitted a very cool stem cell rap video (below).

Emily Easto, Communications Coordinator, at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) also entered our stem cell video contest and finished fourth.

Her video, entitled CCRM Innovations: Cell Culture Bioreactors, also really wowed me (see below).

Emily described the video this way:

I created this video in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Csaszar, Development Scientist at CCRM, to show how cell culture with bioreactors is an essential step on the road towards commercializing regenerative medicine therapies. I believe this to be an accessible video that accurately and effectively explains the bioreactor’s role in the future of regenerative medicine and because there are no other comparable videos on cell culture with bioreactors, it is a useful education tool as well.

All these videos are great. Thanks for entering!

Congrats to all and especially our winner, Robert!

Stem Cell Video Contest with $100 prize: Deadline in 1 week

Amazon gift card $100The deadline for our stem cell video contest is coming up fast and is a week from today on August 13.

Please send your entries to me by email.

The stem cell videos entries can be of any format and any topic, as long as it relates to stem cells somehow.

It could be a “selfie” video you take talking about your passion for stem cell research or therapy development. It could be animation. It could be a performance of some kind.

Use your imagination.

The winner gets a $100 Amazon Gift Card from me. If more than one video impresses me I may give out multiple prizes.

For more details on the contest see here.

Good luck!