If your dissertation research and writing has you boxed in creatively, we found two upcoming contests that encourage you to think about and present your research in some unusual ways.
The first comes from Jorge Cham and PhD Comics. For the 2 Minute Thesis Contest, twelve winners will have their theses illustrated and animated for all the world to see on PhD Comics. To enter, you need to record yourself explaining your thesis in a two-minute, easy-to-understand video. The public will choose the grand prize winner, who will also receive a variety of PhDComics merchandise. Eleven other entries will also be selected for the animation treatment. Entries are due August 1, 2012, so get to work!
Feeling a bit more abstract? Enter the Dance Your Ph.D. contest with a dance interpretation of your thesis or dissertation. Entries consist of a video of your dance and must feature at least yourself, though any number of dancers may be included. Cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to winners in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Social Science. A grand prize winner will also be selected to receive an additional $500 travel and accommodation to be crowned the winner at TEDxBrussels, in Belgium. Entries must be received by October 1, 2012. Need some inspiration? Check out last year's winning video below.