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Structural View of HIV/AIDS:

A Video Challenge for High School Students

The RCSB PDB recently challenged high school students to create short videos that tell a story about HIV/AIDS. Our judges were impressed by the science and storytelling techniques shown in the 23 videos submitted online.

2014 Video Challenge Awards


Judge's Award

Our panel of expert judges scored the videos based on scientific content (40%), creativity (20%), overall impact (10%), originality of concept (10%), entertainment value (10%), and production quality (10%).

  • First Place: The Lifecycle of HIV
    By John Quinlan, Kim Parker, Lisa Pullockaran of Hopewell Valley Central High School (Team Advisor: Karen Lucci)



  • Second Place: HIV: A Cellular Hijacker
    By Oneida Shushe of Colonie Central High School (Team Advisor: Jason Goldberg)



  • Third Place: HIV and Cancer
    By Pragnya Iyengar, Angela Gao, Shaina Brahma, Aashna Chopra of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (Team Advisor: Cindy Jaworsky)



Many thanks to our expert scientists: Gail Arnold (Rutgers University), Paul Craig (Rochester Institute of Technology), Kalyan Das (Rutgers University), Sunanda Gaur (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), Graham Johnson (University of California San Francisco), Amisha Malhotra (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), James Oleske (Rutgers New Jersey Medical School), and Art Olson (The Scripps Research Institute).


Viewer's Choice Award

Website visitors selected the same video as the judges: The Lifecycle of HIV by John Quinlan, Kim Parker, Lisa Pullockaran of Hopewell Valley Central High School (Team Advisor: Karen Lucci)


Service to the Community Award

The AIDS Education Training Center (AETC) National Resource Center was looking for possible training materials health care professionals, patients and their families, and selected the Judge's Second Place: HIV: A Cellular Hijacker By Oneida Shushe of Colonie Central High School (Team Advisor: Jason Goldberg)

Many thanks to all of the students, teachers, parents, judges, and voters who made this exciting competition happen! All of the submitted videos can be viewed online.

The resources created in support of this event (suggested resources, tutorials on making videos, and more) will continue to be hosted at PDB-101.