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Future Protein Engineers Contest

Explore how enzymes work to improve environmental health for a chance to win.

The Contest

Learn about the amazing properties of enzymes and discover the part they play in environmental health in our Future Protein Engineers Video Contest! Choose an enzyme, explain its function in the world, and then present how you would improve the enzyme.

We want to see you put your protein knowledge to the test using our resources as well as your own research and creativity.

Contest Topics

Please pick from one of the environmental health areas below:

  • Air/water quality
  • Recycling/upcycling
  • Agriculture/animal nutrition
  • Renewable energy
  • Biomaterials

Contest Questions

13-15 years old

  • What enzyme are you interested in and why do you want to know more?
  • What does this enzyme do and how does it support environmental health?
  • As a future protein engineer, what would you improve about this enzyme, and why?

16+ years old

  • What enzyme are you interested in? Describe its characteristics briefly.
  • What does this enzyme do, how does it work, and how does it support environmental health?
  • What aspects of the enzyme would you engineer, and for what desired outcome?

What to Submit

13-15 years old

Choose one from either:

  • A 6-panel comic 
  • An infographic

Entries can be created with online tools such as Storyboard Creator, or physically (please submit a photo of your entry), and are advised to contain 250-500 words.

16+ years old

Choose one from either:

  • An infographic
  • A 2-4 minute video

Entries can be created with online tools or physically (please submit a photo of your infographic if created physically). Infographics should contain around 250-500 words.

Awards

13-15 years old

Comic entries:
1st Place: $150 gift card
2nd Place: $100 gift card
3rd Place: $50 gift card

Infographic entries:
1st Place: $150 gift card
2nd Place: $100 gift card
3rd Place: $50 gift card

16+ years old

Infographic entries:
1st Place: $200 gift card
2nd Place: $150 gift card
3rd Place: $100 gift card

Video entries:
1st Place: $250 gift card
2nd Place: $200 gift card
3rd Place: $150 gift card

Contest Rules

Contest period: The contest runs from September 27, 2021 to November 10, 2021 (inclusive, in Pacific Time).

Age limit: Contestants must be US residents who are at least 13 years of age, and attending middle school or high school as of the date of entry.

Entry format: 

Comics and infographics must be submitted as a JPG, PNG, or PDF.

Videos must run between 2-4 minutes, and be in one of the following formats: MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, AVI or AVCHD.

Consent forms: If submitting a video, each person who appears in your video must complete and sign a consent form. If the participant is under 18, this needs to be signed by the participant’s parent or guardian.

Read the full contest rules here.

Ready to Submit Your Entry?

Got your entry ready to go?

Step 1: Fill in the form below, and attach the file for your comic, infographic, or video.

Step 2:
Print a consent form for each person who appears in your entry. Scan your completed and signed forms, so you can upload it with your entry in the next step.

Congratulations, you’re all set to upload your submission!