Award-Winning Videos on Molecular Mechanisms of Drugs for Mental Disorders

05/18 PDB101 News

High school students are excellent science communicators. The submitted entries in this year's Video Challenge demonstrate tremendous creativity and used many storytelling approaches to communicate the Molecular Mechanisms of Drugs for Mental Disorders.

Congratulations to the 2021 Prize Winners

  • First Place: Inhibiting Acetylcholine Destruction to Combat Alzheimer's Disease by Ethan Cartagena from Peninsula Liberty Academy, San Carlos, CA (Team advisor: Deanne Cartagena)
  • Second Place: SSRIs: Sustaining Smiles by Khushi Desai, Gabrielle Bailey, Trisha Kopparthi, and Tanvi Singh of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Windsor, NJ (Team advisor: Matthew Foret)
  • Third Place: Method in Madness: A Guide to Schizophrenia by Smita Rosemary, Rachel Yan, and Alyssa Wu of East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, NJ (Team advisor: Anne Sanelli)
  • Viewers’ Choice: The Late Night Study Session: Derek's Depression Dream by Natasha Kulviwat, Derek Minn, and He-Hanson Xuan of Jericho High School, Jericho, NY (Team advisor: Mrs. Samantha Sforza)

Our panel of expert judges (Margaret A. Franzen (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling), Steven W. Levison (New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University), and Christine D. Young (University of Illinois at Chicago) scored the videos based on Quality of Storytelling (20%), Quality of Science Communication (30%), Quality of Public Health Message (10%), Originality and Creativity (20%), Quality of Production (10%), and Proper Accreditation (10%).

The general public voted for the Viewer's Choice Award.

Many thanks to the expert judges, students, teachers, parents, and voters who made this exciting competition happen!

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