Log in


Cobb Nematology Foundation Science and Art Contest

The Cobb Foundation is committed to supporting the science of nematology around the world. To encourage creative thinking and facilitate the sharing of educational materials in nematology, the Cobb Foundation has launched a science & art contest. The foundation invites students as well as post-docs to share an aspect of nematology that fascinates them using any art form. All entries will be presented on the Cobb Foundation website and judged for their creativity, understandability, accuracy, and the quality of the presentation. Winning artists will earn cash prizes.

The Cobb Foundation calls for artist and scientists to collaborate on science story-telling through art. It could be a recorded play, recorded music video, educational documentaries including fun educational animation, comic book, coffee table book, models, baked goods and any art form geared towards: (i) Introducing and illustrating the concepts of nematology, (ii) Explaining the role of nematodes in the environment, (iii) Scientific speculation of nematode biology, ecology or evolution (iv) Illustrating the history and milestones in nematology, (v) Any other stories, phenomena or concepts related to nematology.


All graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows conducting their research in nematology are eligible for the awards. They don’t need to be a member of a nematological society to participate.


  • Subject matter should be clearly related to some aspect of nematology
  • Maximum length of video/audio file is five (5) minutes. Creations can also be submitted in PDF format when this is more suitable for the type of work
  • Videos can be any style but should be in a format compatible with YouTube.
  • The presentation should be in plain language and understandable to an audience unfamiliar with the material (e.g. high school and undergraduate students)
  • If the video is silent or when the information is not clearly audible (e.g. painting, dance, …), it must be accompanied by subtitles describing the nematological aspects presented.
  • A mention should be made that the video was specifically produced for the Cobb Nematology Foundation Science and Art Contest
  • By submitting a video, PDF or audio file, the submitters agree that the material can be used (with proper attribution) by others for teaching, training, etc.
  • All entries will be displayed on the Cobb Foundation YouTube channel and/or Cobb Foundation website.
  • The contest will be judged by an international panel of nematologists on the following criteria: creativity, understandability to an audience unfamiliar with the material, accuracy of the science, and the quality of the presentation (sound quality, video quality, and editing).
  • Participants must register by email to cobbvideocontest@gmail.com and provide a title, brief description, authorship and a link to download the file.
  • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. U.S. eastern time, May 31, 2022.


First Prize: $350, Second Prize: $150.

All registrants* will receive a free one year membership to the Society of Nematologists (SON)!

*maximum of 30, on a first-come first-served basis

2021 Cobb Video Contest Results

The Cobb Foundation is happy to announce the results of the 2021 edition of the video contest.

The Foundation had received high-quality videos that were all very creative! Congratulations to all the participants!

The videos were reviewed by 6 nematologists from 3 different countries and the results are:

First place: Soybean Host Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) - A Musical submitted by Deepak Haarith

Second place: Nematode or Plant? A Nutrient Battle submitted by Alexandra Ostezan and Dung Tran

2020 Cobb Video Contest Results

First place: Nematodes and their Natural Enemies submitted by Max Helmberger

Second place: Exploring Nematodes with Deepak Haarith submitted by Deepak Haarith


Cobb Video Contest Entrants

View all the submissions to Cobb Foundation Video Contest:

2021 Cobb Video Contest playlist on YouTube

2020 Cobb Video Contest playlist on YouTube

Society of Nematologists

 P.O. Box 190

Mesilla Park, New Mexico 88047


©All Rights Reserved. Society of Nematologists