The 2011 "Dance Your Ph.D." contest has officially begun!

Calling all past and present Ph.D. students! Have you ever felt the urge to convey your graduate work in the form of interpretive dance? Well now's your chance; Science Magazine's 2011 "Dance Your Ph.D." Contest has officially begun!

The rules are pretty straightforward. You must be a Ph.D. or be working towards one; the Ph.D. must be in a science-related field (the competition's definition of "science-related" is pretty flexible, check out the FAQs for details); and you must — obviously — be in the dance.

A $500 dollar prize will be awarded to the best dances in the categories of physics, chemistry, biology, and social sciences. The grand-prize winner will receive an additional 500 bucks, plus travel and accommodations to the TEDxBrussels conference held in Belgium on November 22, where you will be formally recognized as the world's foremost footloose scientist.


Here's how to enter:

1. Turn your Ph.D. thesis into a dance (you can check out last year's finalists to ignite your creative spark)
2. Post the video at
3. Send the video link to the good folks at GonzoLabs by October 10th

The Dance Your Ph.D. competition is the brainchild of Science Contributing Correspondent John Bohannon, principle investigator over at the GonzoLabs, where you'll find more info on the competition and loads of videos from past contestants. You can also check out the competition on Facebook.

The dance featured up top is by Maureen McKeague, last year's winner from the chemistry category. The title of the dance is "Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX," and you can read more about it here

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Is anthropology a social science? I should send this to my sister. I think there should be a dancehall submission.