The 2013 "Dance Your Ph.D." competition has officially begun!

Calling all past and present Ph.D. students! Have you ever felt the urge to convey your graduate work through interpretive dance? Well now's your chance; Science's 2013 "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 another prize that has yet to be announced (previous years' winners have been awarded travel and accommodations to the TEDxBrussels conference to be recognized for their achievements).


Here's how to enter:

1. Turn your Ph.D. thesis into a dance (you can check out last year's winners to ignite your creative spark)

2. Post the video at

3. Send the video link to the good folks at GonzoLabs by October 1st.

The Dance Your Ph.D. competition has been going on since 2007, and is the brainchild of Science Contributing Correspondent John Bohannon, principle investigator over at the GonzoLabs. There, 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 Joel Miller, 2011's grand prize winner and first place entry from the physics category. The title of the dance is "Microstructure-Property relationships in Ti2448 components produced by Selective Laser Melting: A Love Story." It's about titanium hips, and you can read more about it here.

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The only good thing to come out of having a PhD.

SEVEN YEARS OF YOUR LIFE FOR WHAT?! Make as much as a McDonald's manager with 20x the pressure.

Don't throw your life away kids, stick with a masters and going to industry somewhere.