Social Science Video Contest

Key Dates and Deadlines
October 30, 2022
Video submission deadline
October 30, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET
* Winners must be available to attend the Social Science Hour Event on November 18, 2022 *

The Fall 2022 Contest

School Shootings  

Humans are inherently social. Social interactions between human beings are welcome and essential for our livelihood. Research shows that social interactions provide a sense of connection, purpose, and support which ultimately leads to better health, happiness, and longevity. However, several problems present themselves through and from human interactions.  An example of such a problem is school shootings.  According to Education Week, in 2018, there were 24 school shootings, 24 in 2019, 10 in 2020, and 34 in 2021. As of June 8, there have been 27 school shootings in 2022.

Address this problem through any of the social science lenses: sociology, economics, political science, psychology, and/or anthropology.  Create a 3-5 minute video where you critically examine the issue of school shootings. 

  • What is the cause of school shootings? 
  • Is there a single factor or is it multifaceted? 
  • How have school shootings impacted different groups and institutions, such as students, educators, school staff, the community, families, friends, and businesses? 
  • What proactive steps can we take to curb the number of school shootings happening in the U.S.?

Intellectual Property

Up to three winners will be posted on our "Hall of Fame Winners" on our Seminole State social science webpage and newsletter and may even be announced publicly on the Seminole State website. Videos may be used by the Social Sciences Department or the Seminole State College community for informational, educational and/or public relations purposes, as determined by the department. 

Awards Per Student

(Group Submissions Not Allowed)
In addition to being listed in Seminole State's Social Sciences
Hall of Fame, winners will receive:

  • First place:  $313.14 to cover tuition cost for one course ($104.38/credit)
  • Second place:  $150 to cover half the tuition cost for one course
  • Third place:  $50

Social Science Hour Event

Join us at our Fall Social Science Hour as we discover this semester's topic,  The American School Shooting Dilemma.  Hear from a panel of guest speakers and participate in discussions as we explore answers from a social science perspective. Current video contest winners must be able to attend the event on Friday, November 18, 2022, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Competition Details

Review contest details including requirements for submissions, judging criteria, and the evaluation process in the Canvas course.

Please note:  The video submission deadline has passed.

Hall of Fame Winners

See all the video contest winners in Social Science's "Hall of Fame". 

Curious about the past video contests?
View the prior topics for the semi-annual contest.


Rebecca K. Padilla
Professor, Sociology