Submit videos to the NALMS student video contest!

When you think of easy to understand educational tutorials on lake management – think NALMS.

NALMS aims to create the first online repository of easily accessible information about the basics of lake management and the use and construction of limnological equipment. The NALMS student video series is designed to help teach citizen scientists, students, and the general public about lake management, the equipment used to monitor lake processes, and how to make limnological equipment. Because NALMS recognizes that current undergraduate and graduate students represent the future of freshwater research, we are looking for students to create and produce these short (10 minute max) educational videos.

NALMS student video contest timeline

Each quarter, a new RFV* (Request for Videos) will be released here, on the Student Video Series webpage. Students are allowed and encouraged to submit videos for more than 1 RFV cycle.  See below for the past and current RFVs.

Deadlines for video submission vary – please see the RFV’s below. For each new RFV, students will have 2-6 months from the release date to submit videos on the RFV theme. NALMS will then review all video submissions and award the top video. Detailed contest rules and submission guidelines can be found on the Video Evaluation Rubric. Any approved videos will require a Release Form before it is posted on any of NALMS’ online platforms.

*RFV = Request for Videos


The student(s) of the top awarded video for each RFV will receive:

  • $500 USD travel award to the annual NALMS conference (if a video was authored by multiple students, the $500 award will be split equally among the authors, and the NALMS student membership award will be awarded to the senior author or membership benefits shared among authors)
  • An award and recognition at the annual NALMS conference
  • FREE promotion on the NALMS website, YouTube channel, and social media platforms
  • Two videos will be selected as the runners-up and winners awarded a one-year student membership to NALMS (two memberships awarded in total – if a video is authored by multiple students, the membership will be awarded to the senior author or membership benefits shared among authors)

Past and current RFVs

Upload video submissions

  • Upload video submissions here! This link will take you to Dropbox (where you will receive instruction that Alyssa Anderson – NALMS Marketing Director – is requesting your files. You DO NOT need a Dropbox account to participate!)
  • Submit a Release Form to or upload to Dropbox with your video submission.
    (Note: now required for ALL entries!)

Winning Videos

Lake Management
Submitted by Chris Maier
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
Submitted by Chris Maier
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Limnology in Winter
Submitted by Monica Matt & Samantha Carey
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Aquatic Invasive Species
Submitted by Nicholas Macelko
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Submitted by Linda Ivey & Richie Gray
Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL
Lake Stratification & Mixing
Submitted by Alexa Tumbarello & Sonja Wixom
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY
How to Take a Secchi Depth
Submitted by Leah Gorman
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Check out all of these videos and more on NALMS YouTube channel!