Multimedia Research Contest

The NCSU Libraries invites students to submit projects for the 3rd Annual Student Multimedia Research Contest.

This year's theme is:

"The Sustainability Balancing Act: Society, Economy, and Environment"

The deadline for this year's contest has been extended to Friday, February 10

What is a multimedia project?

Projects can take the form of 3D visualizations, games, animations, or other creative formats that communicate research insights in a visual or interactive manner.  The contest will provide an opportunity for students to develop skills in presenting research visually, while taking advantage of a variety of technologies for communicating ideas.


Through a generous grant from Gale Cengage Learning, the Libraries will offer prizes totaling $1500.

Select projects will be publicly showcased within the NCSU Libraries.

More about the Theme: The Sustainability Balancing Act: Society, Economy, and Environment

This year's theme is inspired by NC State's commitment to and achievements in sustainability. Sustainablity centers on balancing the needs of society, economy and environment, thereby ensuring that future generations will have the resources they need to survive and thrive. Colleges and disciplines across NCSU engage in research designed to make improvements in these areas.

For this contest, we are looking specifically for multimedia projects which explore one or more of these themes within a historical, social, or cultural context. Not sure exactly what that means? Here's a brief overview:

  • Historical context is looking at your topic through the lens of the setting or circumstances which existed at a particular time in history, or thinking about how your topic evolved over time with changing circumstances.
  • Social context is looking at your topic through the lens of social groups, or the interactions and connections among groups.
  • Cultural context is looking at your topic through the lens of values, traditions, and attitudes of the societies in which people live.

And here's an example:

A project focused exclusively on the science behind recycling processes would not be eligible for entry. But this topic could be adapted by looking at it through a historical, social, or cultural lens; by looking, for example, at why recycling processes were developed, or how the research to develop these processes is related to the political, social, or government regulatory environment. You could also look at how recycling programs were and are received by the general public or specific groups, and/or how that changed over time.

Who is eligible?

Any NC State undergraduate or master’s student may enter.  Both individual and group projects will be eligible.

Entry deadline:

Final projects must be submitted by February 1, 2017.

How do I enter?

Fill out the registration form, and check the file submission page for instructions on how to send us your file.

Need help?

If you have any questions about the contest, available technology, or conducting research, contact us and we'll be happy to help.