Scholarship Details

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Application Deadline:





Quantum information science and technology (QIST) is an emerging field of study that helps to explain the world around us at the smallest level. It is based on quantum mechanics which describes how the particles that make up atoms work and is often described as strange or even spooky. How can we communicate quantum science in a way that is accessible to everyone?

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students! The challenge is for students to create a video for a hypothetical museum exhibit to teach the public the basics and applications of QIST. Include research on new developments in quantum science and technologies, as well as information about how the applications of quantum science can or will affect our everyday lives. Your video could win you a $5,000 scholarship!

The deadline for this competition is Thursday, March 31, 2022, and winners will be announced in late-April.


Your task:

Imagine that you have been asked by your local science museum to help to clarify the mystery surrounding quantum science and applications by developing a video for their new quantum science exhibit. Create a 4-6 minute video to communicate a key concept or important basic elements of quantum science to the public. Thorough submissions will include background information, applications of quantum science, recent scientific and technological research and developments in quantum mechanics, as well as information on how quantum science can or will affect our lives every day. You must provide supporting evidence and have a supporting document with citations from your research.


You must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university who will also be enrolled at a U.S. college or university next year.
A submission should include 1) a 4-6 minute video to communicate to the public the basics of quantum science 2) a supporting document citing sources of your research.
Entries must be submitted on the following form:
All entries will be scored on a rubric.
You can read about Quantum Physics here on the Quantum Atlas which is a collaboration with the National Science Foundation and multiple technological institutions.
You can utilize the following links whilst learning about Quantum Science and its different applications
Sandia National Lab Quantum Information Sciences: SNL’s page highlighting their current research in Quantum Sciences
qBraid: Platform to learn about developing quantum code
QIS Resources and Tools: Multiple Quantum Resources
Online books and Reports to read about Quantum Science
Introduction to Classical and Quantum Computing by Thomas G. Wong
Q is for Quantum by Terry Rudolph
Quantum Sensing
Atomic Clocks
Quantum Communication
Use of additional sources is encouraged.
Entries should convey accurate information appropriately to the general public.

Terms of Award:

1st place: $5,000 scholarship
2nd place: $3,000 scholarship
3rd place: $1,000 scholarship

Please Submit:

How to Enter:

To enter the contest, complete the form at and attach your video and supporting document files. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Online Application: