High School Vision Program

Student Science Video Contest 2021

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the National Eye Institute (NEI) are excited to present our first annual Student Science Video Contest. Enter the scholarship competition for a chance to have your video presented at a major science conference!

ARVO’s Annual Meeting brings together vision scientists from all over the world to discuss the latest innovations in the field. Although now a virtual event, the 2021 meeting was originally scheduled to take place in San Francisco, California — so we’re calling on students from select high schools in the Bay Area to submit a video that showcases their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


Submit a video in one of the following categories. Each video category has a list of prompts to get you thinking about what you'll include in your video. These are just ideas to spark inspiration — feel free to be creative!

My first or favorite experiment

  • Who or what inspired you to conduct your experiment? What was your hypothesis?
  • What did you learn? How will you apply your findings to future experiments — or use them in your future career?
  • What advice do you have for other students preparing to conduct their first experiment? Did you get helpful tips from someone that you’d want others to know?

My live science demonstration

  • What inspired you to conduct this experiment or demonstration?
  • How will you use the scientific method to solve a problem?
  • What did you learn? How will you apply your findings to future experiments — or use them in your future career?
  • Check out an example! Watch Tre’s video about the magnus effect below.

What an animal taught me

  • What scientific observations have you made?
  • What do the animal and humans have in common?
  • How will you apply what you learned to future scientific study?

What my science teacher taught me

  • What science topics have you enjoyed learning about in school and why?
  • How did your teacher capture your interest in this topic?
  • What else has your teacher inspired you to study?

How my favorite scientist made a difference

  • Who's your favorite scientist and what are they known for?
  • What was their journey to scientific discovery? What obstacles did they face?
  • How do we use their findings today?

At ARVO and NEI, we’re passionate about eyes and vision science — so you’ll get extra points if your video is about eyes and vision science. But that’s not required! We look forward to reviewing videos on any science topic.

Sample video



  • Submissions open on Feb. 1 and close on April 1
  • Videos must be 3 minutes or less
  • You can submit your video individually or as a group
  • To enter the contest, please upload your video here on WooBox — this platform will accept most file formats
  • When you submit your video, you’ll need to sign a video release form and a parental permission form as part of your WooBox submission
  • Don’t include copyrighted music or images in your video unless you have written permission from the copyright owner
  • Students can contact Scott Morgan for video submission guidance — including questions about logistics and production, like how to edit or light your video


ARVO and NEI will review all video submissions to ensure they follow contest guidelines.

NEI and ARVO representatives will review and score all videos and then share the highest-scoring videos. Then your friends and family will vote for their favorite!

NEI and ARVO representatives will score each video using the following rubric:

  • Up to 50 points for scientific content — successful videos will have a clear research question or scientific concept
  • Up to 50 points for creativity — successful videos will be engaging, unique, and get voters excited about the topic
  • Up to 10 bonus points for vision-related videos — this isn’t a requirement, but ARVO and NEI will give extra points to videos on eyes or vision science

ARVO and NEI will select 3 winners:

  • Grand prize — $2000
  • Second place — $1000
  • Third place — $500

ARVO will showcase the grand prize video at its Annual Meeting on May 7, 2021.

Need a Mentor?

Want to learn more about STEM from someone who shares your passion? Connect with a vision scientist mentor who can share what it’s like to work in the field. To let us know if you’d like to be matched up, contact Mitchel Dul at mdul@sunyopt.edu.

Contact Information

For questions about the contest, please contact 2020@nei.nih.gov.