The College of Natural Sciences recently held a competition to create 60-second videos about COVID-19. The college’s students, faculty and staff were invited to enter and the intended audience was fifth grade students, who also served as judges.
Winning the competition was Sarah Engels, a biochemistry major from Ivanhoe, Minnesota, with a piece titled "Working Together by Staying Apart." Finishing as the runner-up was Abdullah Al Maruf, a physics and mathematics major from Gazipur, Bangladesh, with a piece about 3D-printing PPE.
In third place were biochemistry doctoral students Jennifer Kyeremateng, Accra, Ghana, and Vivian Osei Poku, Kumasi, Ghana, with video of analogies to help students understand how COVID-19 works.
Engels will use the $2,000 prize to supplement her capstone research with Darci Fink, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Al Maruf will use the $100 prize to continue the research and design of 3D-printed PPE, along with his team members Ashiqur Rahman, Elizabethann Cook and Mark Malinovskiy and adviser Todd Letcher.
In addition, the college has posted each entry on its Facebook page and is holding a “People’s Choice Award” contest. The winner will receive $500 toward a research project, and one random voter will win a $100 gift card to the University Bookstore. To be eligible, one must like the CNS Facebook page and cast a vote in the poll. Voting ends Friday.