Lab Coat Video Contest Guidelines

The information below outlines the rules and guidelines for the Lab Coat Video Contest, which was conducted in January 2014. 

See the winning videos here and here!


Please help your fellow MIT researchers recognize the importance of lab coats by making a lab coat safety video for them.  The MIT EHS Office is sponsoring a contest open to all MIT members.  We have put together the lab coat guidance that we want communicated in the video. 

Video length is limited to 4 minutes.  Videos will be judged by an esteemed panel of MIT Faculty and Staff on content, engagement and entertainment.  Awards will be made during an IAP event.  So be creative, have some fun, and help your fellow community members recognize the importance of lab coats and help foster the culture of safety at MIT.  


First Prize = $1,000
Second Prize = $500


Registration Opens: December 2nd, 2013
Registration Closes: January 24th, 2014 by noon
Judging: January 29th, 2014
Awards Ceremony: February 24th, 2014


All Entrants must be MIT community members (students, post-docs, researchers)
You must register in advance (by the close of submissions at Noon on Jan 24th, 2014).
Submissions are welcome from individuals and teams alike.
All submissions must address the basic safety rules found here.
We accept video in any digital format (i.e. video camera, cell phone, digital camera, etc.).
MIT will have ownership of all submitted video content. Submitted content must be copyright free.
We reserve the right to use any or no part of the winning videos.
Judging will be based on three categories
Content and coverage of the Lab Coat Guidance
Engagement with target audience 
Production Quality.
If you will be using a lab space at MIT, please obtain permission from the lab supervisor/PI first. EHS will also make its lab space available for those in need of a filming location. Contact EHS at if would like to use their space.
Our panel of judges reserves the right not to award any prizes.
All videos must be no longer than 4 minutes.
A storyboard submission is acceptable if it is presented in a video format.
All persons appearing in the video must sign a release form.
To submit entries, please go to Tech TV and upload your folder. Please choose the file to be “private”.

Help and Support 

EHS will make its lab space available to groups needing a filming location.  

There is access to free video editing software in 24-139.