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SPE AND RAPRA SPONSOR ‘PITCH YOUR SCIENCE’ VIDEO CONTEST FOR ALL POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS IN POLYMER-RELATED FIELDS

Students to Work Closely with Plastics Professional Mentors; Entries to Be Evaluated for Effective Communication of a Novel Technical Concept to a Non-Scientific Audience

NEWTOWN, CT, U.S.A., February 7, 2012: Registration is now open for the RAPid Impact “Pitch Your Science” student video competition, co-sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the Rubber and Plastics Research Association, Ltd. (RAPRA).

The contest is designed to help students in post-secondary plastics programs develop the skills ultimately needed to accelerate the commercialization of their products by effectively communicating novel technical concepts to a scientifically untrained audience. Entrants may range from undergraduates to post-doctoral scholars at accredited schools in the United States. They will be mentored by plastics professionals.

The deadline for registration is May 31, 2012. By that date, an entrant must submit a video of no more than three minutes. Registrants will be advised by email of a series of four free “Pitch Your Science” webinars to be presented in February and March, designed to help them enhance their videos. Submissions will be judged on content, creativity, originality, execution, and effect. Winners will be announced on or about August 1, 2012.

First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive cash prizes of $5.000, $1,000, and $500, respectively. In addition, the first-place winner will attend the Global Polymer Innovation Expo as a guest of RAPRA, including free registration and up to $1,000 travel expenses. The event will take place August 26-29 in Columbus, OH.

Registration is at http://www.globalpolymerinnovationexpo.com/rapid-impact

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RUBBER AND PLASTICS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION, LTD. (RAPRA) is a not-for-profit membership association for companies in polymer manufacturing, processing or end use. For over 90 years it has been contributing to research and development of innovative new materials, products and processes by providing members with privileged access to a range of services including technical, information, business development, skills and training. www.rapralimited.org

THE SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS (SPE) is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help companies in the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for over 60 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists, engineers, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics. For more information, please visit www.4spe.org.