SD Biotech Video Competition

Breakthrough Biotech Video Scholarship Competition


The competition is a statewide opportunity for high school students, and freshman or sophomore year undergraduates to explore how biotechnology is a part of their communities and earn a scholarship for undergraduate education in South Dakota.

The competition encourages students to be creative and use videos to show how biotechnology is feeding, fueling, or healing in their community and helping to make a better world. Act it out, create an animation, sing it, but, it must be appropriate for all ages.

  • Are you a high school student or a freshman or sophomore undergraduate student living in the state of South Dakota?
  • Are you excited about technology, science or both?
  • Are you looking for scholarships to pursue undergraduate education experiences?

If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions and are interested in participating, than this competition is for you!

How to Compete:

  1. Create a short, creative video (1-3 minutes in length) that articulates what “biotechnology” means to you and highlights why you think “biotechnology” is important to you and your community.
  2. Upload video to YouTube with unique title followed by “Breakthrough Biotechnology Video”, include the video link in the application form and submit a completed application and recording release form.
  3. Register Here

Submission deadline: Both the application and audio/video release must be completed, signed and emailed to Tobi Odeleye  or mailed to: Sanford PROMISE #5027 Sanford Research 2301 E 60th St. N Sioux Falls, SD 57104 by Friday March 24, 2017 by 11:59 pm CST

Winners will be announced spring 2017

Additional information on the guidelines for the competition is available in the Guidelines for Video Submission. Please address any questions or issues to the program coordinator, Tobi Odeleye.


  • 9th-12th grade high school students and freshman or sophomore undergraduate college/university students in South Dakota
  • U. S. legal resident, attending high school or an undergraduate institution in South Dakota
  • Participants cannot be related to employees of SD Biotech, SD EPSCoR or Sanford PROMISE.

Other Details:

  • Videos can be created by a single individual or a team of two individuals splitting the scholarship award.
  • Videos must be appropriate for all ages
  • Applicants retain all copyright and equivalent rights, but must provide release for SDBio, The Sanford PROMISE, and SD EPSCoR to use the applicants’ names, quotes and submissions for educational and promotional purposes, including website display and event exhibition.
  • SDBio will not be held responsible for claims and complaints from third parties about published or exhibited entries
Download the Biotech Video Competition Flyer Here


Scholarships will be awarded to the top two applicants/teams in each category.

  • High school (9-12 grade)
  • Freshman and sophomore undergraduates


  1. $750 – 1st Place Team
  2. $250 – Honorable Mention

Videos will be judged by a panel using a rubric; decisions made by the judges are final. Judging will be based on:

  1. Creativity
  2. Ability to highlight at least one SD Biotech member organization in your video (member organization listings can be found on NOTE: If you would like to get in touch with an SD Biotech member organization, contact Tobi Odeleye
  3. Level of engagement of your community in your video (public voting will be taken into consideration during the judging process)
  4. Ability to communicate science to audiences of diverse ages and science background.

Download the Rubric Here

*Participants will be responsible for the tax consequences of any prize awarded.