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5th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Competition

Applications are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Competition, which will be held during Hofstra University's National Public Health Week, April 2018. This competition is sponsored by Hofstra University's School of Health Professions and Human Services, Graduate School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies and Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies.

For the past five years, we have had teams of students from various disciplines across campus create short videos focused on top health priorities for New Yorkers and compete for cash prizes. The top three winning films received cash prizes and had their films displayed on the Nassau County Department of Health website. We plan to use the same format this year: participants will work on 8 interdisciplinary teams of up to 7 students to create short videos focused on important health topics related to Summer Safety. Once again, the top three teams will receive individual cash prizes.

We are very interested in receiving applications from students in non-health as well as health related areas. Society's most complicated challenges require multi-disciplinary solutions.

If you are interested in competing this year, click on the link below and fill out the short application. All students, graduate and undergraduate, are welcome to apply.

Applications are due by February 7, 2018 at 4pm. Teams will be constructed based on student interest, availability and the interdisciplinary composition of the teams. Students will be notified of acceptance by February 15, 2018.

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  • Focus: Summer is a time where people like to relax and be outdoors. The films this year will focus on how to keep safe during the summer months.
  • Topics: This Student Film Competition will address the following general priority areas; specific focus will be determined by team members:
    • 1. Pool Safety 2. Sun Safety/Skin Protection 3. Heat Related Illnesses 4. Firecracker Awareness 5. Summer Driving Safety 6. Mosquito Borne Illnesses 7. Food borne Illnesses
  • Film Structure: Videos can focus on advocacy, education or prevention; they can be animated shorts, documentary-style or other style; and they MUST be under 3 minutes.
  • Criteria: Videos will be evaluated based on Content and Quality. Content criteria: Use of evidence/data; Focus on how this topic relates to suburban communities on Long Island. Quality criteria: Appropriate audience targeted; Audience engagement; Production quality
  • Faculty Guidance: Faculty members from various academic programs will be assigned to teams to offer guidance and feedback. Technical assistance and access to video editing labs during the final stages of production will be offered.
  • Awards: A professional panel will judge Films as well the audience. First place team members will EACH be awarded $250 cash. Second and third place team members will also receive cash prizes.
  • Timeline: February 7th – Application due via link above; February 15th – notifications of accepted application; February 21th 11:15am-12:30pm – Kickoff Event; April 11th 11:15am-12:45pm – Contest and Award Ceremony.

For more information, please contact Sharon Phillips, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Professions at Sharon.R.Phillips[at]hofstra.edu