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FameLab USA:
Exploring Earth and Beyond
We Have a Winner!

Join us in congratulating Lyl Tomlinson from SUNY Stony Brook on winning the FameLab USA National Competition!

Famelab Winner Lyl

Lyl joins the winners of FameLab competitions from 23 other countries all over the world. He will represent the United States in the FameLab International Final on June 5th at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK!

2012-2014 FameLab EEB
Event Dates and Locations

Preliminary Regional Heats:

December 7, 2012 San Francisco, CA
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

March 17-20, 2013 Houston, TX
44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

April 4, 2013 Honolulu, HI
Society for American Archaeology 78th Annual Meeting

Summer 2013 ONLINE
via YouTube

December 8, 2013 San Francisco, CA
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

February 21-22, 2014 St. Louis, MO
National Geographic's Young Explorers Workshop


April 5, 2014 Washington, DC
National Geographic Headquarters

NO powerpoint allowed!

Anatomy of a Famelab EEB Regional Heat

  • Choose an “Exploring Earth and Beyond” topic, concept, and/or research area; this can include but is not limited to the topic of your own research.

  • Prepare TWO three-minute oral presentations. They may address the same topic, but if they do, they must be notably distinct. Small props are welcome, but no electronic media including slides or charts are allowed. A printed image is not a prop!

  • All competitors will deliver their first presentation to the judges first thing in the morning on the day of the heat.

  • After a lunch break, the group participates in a science communication workshop.

  • Winners of the morning competition round will advance to the evening round where they will present their second piece to both the judges and a public audience.

  • All contestants are invited and encouraged to attend the evening final round to cheer on their fellow communicators and reap the benefit of all the judges’ feedback!

  • A winner and several wild cards are chosen from each regional heat. Ultimately, the regional winners and a few of the wild cards will emerge as the ten finalists who advance to the FameLab EEB Final in DC in April, 2014. The winner of the FameLab EEB final will advance to the FameLab International Final in the UK in June, 2014.

Preparing for and Participating in the Online Heat

Can’t make it to any of the regional heats? No problem! FameLab EEB will include an online heat, allowing you to compete from home.

  • Register through this website (see below) and select “online” from the dropdown menu when selecting the heat you wish to participate in.
  • You will receive a follow up email from FameLab EEB organizers with further direction on how and when to send us your video.
  • Your video should:
    • be up to three minutes long (content after this time limit will not be judged)
    • no editing or special effects
    • no other people or excessive props
    • not contain any background music
  • Recording quality will not be assessed.
  • Online competitors advancing to the online final may be asked to submit a second three-minute piece.

Are YOU Eligible?

Famelab EEB is focused on identifying and cultivating new talent from within the science community! Here’s who’s eligible:

  • Those actively doing research in fields such as:

    Anthropology, Archaeology, Astrobiology,
    Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology,
    Climatology, Conservation, Ecology,
    Geography, Geology, Heliophysics,
    Paleontology, Planetary Science, Oceanography

  • Graduate students (both MS and PhD)
  • Postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers within 5 years of receiving PhD or MS
  • Upper division, advanced undergraduate students and mid-career scientists will not be turned away, but the focus is on early career.
  • International (non-US citizen) scientists who are currently working and studying in the US are welcome.
  • Science communication students and professionals are NOT eligible.