Subject: 2014 Geothermal Student Competition

The US Department Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program and Oak Ridge
Institute for Science Education are pleased to announce the 2014 Geothermal
Student Competition. The Geothermal Student Competition seeks students
interested in building and showcasing scientific research, communication and
leadership skills to promote geothermal energy as a player in the nation’s
renewable energy future. This year’s event focuses on a non-technical
barrier to geothermal development: public communications.  Energy production
can be a complex topic to explain to a broad public audience, and describing
energy that comes from a subsurface environment—difficult to visualize for
many—amplifies the challenge of explaining geothermal energy, how it works,
and how it can benefit consumers.

The Challenge:
This year’s Competition focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal
development: public communications. Students are asked to develop a
cutting-edge geothermal communications tool that integrates accurate,
technical information with a graphical visualization infographic. Students
will also create an outreach plan to disseminate the infographic to local
middle and high schools.

Who Should Apply?
Teams may consist of undergraduates and/or graduate students. High school
seniors are encouraged to apply.

Where do I Apply?
The Competition application, guidelines, and further details can all be found
on the Competition website:

Semi-Finalist Awards
The five most compelling and competitive applications will receive a total
award of $2,500, where $2000 is expected to be used as project development
funds (stipend) and $500 is to develop an outreach presentation for middle
and high school students.

Key Dates:
·         Feb. 21: Application page opens

·         Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Kick-off Call with prospective Student Teams
Join our DOE Geothermal Technologies Office team as we present a brief
overview on infographics, their potential, and why the geothermal program is
so interested in them. The meeting will provide further details about the
Competition’s rules and guidelines as well as provide an opportunity to
clarify questions from potential applicants

Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.  Or, call
in using your telephone.
Dial +1 (213) 493-0606
Access Code: 567-938-969
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 567-938-969

·         April 5: Round 1 deliverables due: Project plan, Communications
and Education Strategy, and Infographic mock-up due.

For more information please contact Dr. Desmond Stubbs, Program Manager by
Email: [log in to unmask]

Event Date: March 25, 2014
Event Start Time: 4:00 pm
Event End Time: 5:00 pm
Contact Person: Desmond Stubbs
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